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Dish with Ginkgo Leaves

染付銀杏唐花文皿

late 1600s-early 1700s
Diameter: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)
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Location: 235A Japanese

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The ginkgo's distinctive fan-shaped leaf is a symbol of longevity and endurance in Japanese art.

Description

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.
Dish with Ginkgo Leaves

Dish with Ginkgo Leaves

late 1600s-early 1700s

Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)

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