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  • Place of origin:

    Arita (made)

  • Date:

    1675-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss E. Humphreys-Owen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 22, shelf 5

Physical description

Dish of saucer shape, flat based, with rounded sides rising towards the rim; low rounded foot. On the base are the marks of four firing spurs. The glaze has a marked greenish tinge and is minutely crackled.

The design is prepared by a double circle in underglaze blue demarcating the border on the inside; further rings on the outside and base, and a border in blue of a sketchy tendril scroll. Executed in a typical palette of soft blue, turquoise green, yellow and red enamels with delicate black outlining are designs of a bird perched on a branch of flowering prunus growing by a rock in the centre, and of peonies and other plants growing by rocky ground, with a flying bird, twice repeated round the border.

Place of Origin

Arita (made)


1675-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels


Diameter: 20.5 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, porcelain decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels; Japan, Arita kilns (Kakiemon type), Edo period, 1675-1700

Labels and date

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels
Arita ware, Kakiemon style
JAPANESE; last quarter 17th century
Miss E. Humphreys-Owen Gift
FE.82-1970 [as at 2005]




Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Prunus blossoms; Rock; Birds; Peonies


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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