late 1600s-early 1700s
Porcelain with underglaze blue (Hizen ware, Nabeshima type)
Diameter: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2017.61
The ginkgo's distinctive fan-shaped leaf is a symbol of longevity and endurance in Japanese art.
This dish is an example of the finest type of Japanese porcelain, Nabeshima-type Hizen ware. It has a complex, abstracted design of ginkgo leaves and “Chinese grasses” (karakusa) in underglaze blue that may be among the most interesting of the underglaze blue designs. The dish is the largest of the three standard-sized Nabeshima dishes for individual servings.
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