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interior: Nabeshima ware dish with design of reeds in mist, seven-sun size base: Nabeshima ware dish with design of reeds in mist, seven-sun size

Nabeshima ware dish with design of reeds in mist, seven-sun size

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1700-1740
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under colorless glaze, celadon glaze, and iron pigment on unglazed clay
Arita ware, Nabeshima type
H x W: 5.7 x 20.3 cm (2 1/4 x 8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita, Okawachi kiln
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Nabeshima ware was produced at a carefully managed workshop for the exclusive use of the Nabeshima lords, rulers of the domain within which the Arita kilns lay. The most characteristic products were sets of dishes of standard sizes, decorated with exquisite and technically demanding decoration. This dish is an example of the seven-sun size.

The autumnal motif of withered reeds enveloped by mist is rendered with realism unusual in a Nabeshima design, wherein natural motifs are usually abstractly composed. Iron pigment applied directly to the roughened clay surface conveys the brittleness of the dried leaves, while the use of both cobalt wash and a band of celadon suggests the depth of the mist.

To 1964
N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. [1]

From 1964
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Former owner
N.V. Hammer, Inc.
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Arita ware, Nabeshima type, Edo period (1615 - 1868), green glaze, Japan, Nabeshima ware, porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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