Height: 21.100 cm
Gift of Gordon Hand
Asia JA 1953.11-19.1
Bulbous porcelain jar
Edo period, around AD 1670
Decorated in overglaze coloured enamels
This fine bulbous jar is an early example of Japanese porcelain. With its thick opaque white glaze and design in rich coloured enamels, it is clearly a forerunner of the Kakiemon style.
The design is a re-interpretation of a Chinese garden scene of the Ming dynasty (AD 1368-1644). There is no attempt at rational composition. Instead, the various elements - veranda, fences, flowers, insects and clouds - have been arranged for maximum emotional impact.
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)