Heather Lemonedes Chief Curator
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), Genroku/Shōtoku eras (1688−1716)
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
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 famous classical poetry motif of maple leaves on the Tatsuta River.
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