Plate with Bird and Flower

early 1900s
Location: not on view
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Porcelain must be fired at a high temperature to achieve its strength and semitranslucent surface.


This dish is a sophisticated example of later ceramists reinterpreting earlier styles of Japanese porcelain. The colors and patterns used look similar to some works produced on the island of Kyushu in the1600s and 1700s. However, the idea to combine alternating blocks of yellow, green, purple, and blue with a "Chinese grasses" (karakusa) pattern around the rim of the dish is one hit upon in the early 1900s by an artist familiar with the colors and patterns of earlier works.
Plate with Bird and Flower

Plate with Bird and Flower

early 1900s

Japan, Meiji period (1868–1912) or Taishō period (1912–26)

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