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Dish
OKS 1963-9
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A dish on a small, rather high foot ring with spreading sides and a narrow scalloped rim. There are several unglazed patches on the back. It has a finely-crackled greyish glaze. It is decorated in underglaze blue. In the centre, there is a flying bird and a bamboo. On the lower half of the sides, there is a band with flower sprays and the upper half and rim has petals. The reverse has similar rim decoration. This is a magnificent and important example of the so-called shoki-Imari group, porcelain produced at Arita for the home market before export production for the Dutch started in the 1650s.

History of the Object
Unlike China, Japan did not have a porcelain manufacturing tradition, and only after 1600 were relatively small quantities made in a few kilns. As a more luxurious lifestyle developed in Japan, the demand for a variety of porcelain for tea ceremonies and meals grew. This demand was partially met by the Chinese imports, and partly by the Arita kilns. Japanese porcelain is decorated primarily in underglaze blue. Large objects such as this dish are relatively rare; the majority of known pieces are small dishes, saucers and bowls.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain, underglaze blue 
Measurements
height 11.5 cm, diameter 39 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1640-1650; Edo period (1603-1867) 
Function
dish for meals 
Acquisition
Acquired from N. Vadim Hammer (New York) in 1963. 
Copyright
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof 
Acknowledgements
C.J.A. Jörg, "Fine & Curious: Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections", Amsterdam 2003, cat.no. 1; C.J.A. Jörg (ed.), “Oosters Porselein in Nederland: vier museumcollecties”, Groningen 2003, cat.no. 44 
Owner
Ottema-Kingma Stichting, on long term loan at Keramiekmuseum Princessehof 
Museum
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden 
Credit line
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands 

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