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Kakiemon lidded bowl
FE.24-1985
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a particularly large and splendid example, the palette of soft enamel colours being used to create an idealised landscape that winds around the lobed form. In the foreground fishing nets are drying while in the background two pavilions can be seen perching on a cliff. The domed cover is topped with a shishi lion which forms the knob.

History of the Object
Kakiemon-type wares, as Japanese porcelain of this kind is known, take their name from the family of Arita potters who are said to have learnt the techniques of overglaze enamelling from the Chinese in Nagasaki in the early 17th century. They were the most sought-after variety of Japanese porcelain exported to Europe, and by the 18th century were widely copied at factories in Holland, France, Germany and England.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain, glazed with enamels 
Measurements
Height 44.5cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan; Arita 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1650-1700 
Function
 
Acquisition
Purchased, 1985 from the collection of Lady Garner, widow of Sir Harry M Garner, KBE, CB, (1892-1977) the renowned scientist, scholar and collector of East Asian art. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Victoria and Albert Museum 
Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum 
Credit line
© V&A Images, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 

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