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Five porcelain bowls in the shape of fish

From Arita, Japan Edo period, AD 1750-1790s

 

Gift of Mr. Akihiko Shibata

Asia JA 1997.1-21.164

    Five porcelain bowls in the shape of fish

    From Arita, Japan
    Edo period, AD 1750-1790s

    Porcelain with underglaze blue

    Japan has always worked on a decimal system and even today, Japanese sets of dishes come in fives. A traditional Japanese meal consists of a number of small helpings of different foods usually served together on individual trays or small lacquered tables. Dishes and bowls are often chosen to suit the food. Fish is served raw or cooked in a number of different ways and fish-shaped bowls and dishes are very popular. Beautifully curled shapes occur for shellfish.

    The five bowls in this set are individually made and painted in underglaze blue.

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