mid- to late 1600s
Porcelain with underglaze black and overglaze enamel (Hizen ware, Ko-Kutani style)
Diameter: 33.4 cm (13 1/8 in.); height: 6.2 cm (2 7/16 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.245
Persimmons ripen in autumn and are often associated with that time of year.
This large plate is considered to have been produced in Kyushu, and is in a palette of Ko-Kutani style works called aode (literally, bluish-green hand) for the deep blue, green, purple, and yellow overglaze enamels that completely cover their surfaces. Ko-Kutani means “old Kutani,” and can refer to two kinds of porcelains. One kind is said to have been produced in the village of Kutani in present-day Ishikawa prefecture in the mid-1600s through the early 1700s. The other kind, decorated with similar glazes and designs, was produced in the former Arita domain of present-day Saga prefecture in Kyushu.
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