Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze color enamel (Hizen ware, Nabeshima type)
Diameter: 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2017.62
This pottery type was named for the Nabeshima family, who established kilns to produce highly refined porcelain meant for diplomatic gifts for the shogun.
The dish is an example of the finest type of Japanese porcelain, Nabeshima-type Hizen ware. It is decorated with maple leaves in iron-red and green and yellow enamels floating on the rough waters of a fast flowing stream in underglaze blue. It has been associated with the classical poetry motif of maple leaves on the Tatsuta River in Nara Prefecture.
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