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色絵碁盤唐子置物 (Boy on a go board)

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  • Title (object)

    • 色絵碁盤唐子置物 (Boy on a go board)
  • Description

    Figure of a male child sitting on a go board with a ball in one hand. Made of nigoshide porcelain in a mould and decorated in polychrome overglaze enamels in the Kakiemon style.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1670s-1690s
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 25.4 centimetres
    • Length: 13 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This okimono is a fine example of classic Kakiemon style that flourished between 1670-1700. In the Edo period, when a boy reached a three or five years old, there was a special ceremony where he would don a special robe and this work is thought to reflect this ceremony. The body is made from nigoshide porcelain, which is a special blend of porcelain stone that has been carefully verigated. This technique which gave a creamy white appearance to the body in imitation of Dehua Chinese porcelain was developed exclusively by the Kakiemon kiln in the late 17th century. As a rule, no underglaze cobalt blue would be used on these works as it would give the overall body a blue sheen. However, unsusually the lines on top of the go board are articulated in cobalt blue. At the back of the go board, there is a small opening allowing water to be poured into or from the go board. Professor Ohashi Koji has commented that while this type of okimono is not rare, he has never seen such an opening in any other work of its kind.


  • Location

    On display: G3

  • Exhibition history


    2006 13 Oct- 2010 24 Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

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Figure (boy). Sitting on go board. Made of Kakiemon enamelled ceramic, porcelain.

Figure (boy). Sitting on go board. Made of Kakiemon enamelled ceramic, porcelain.

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