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Bulbous porcelain jar

1670/1670

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

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.

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  • Title: Bulbous porcelain jar
  • Date Created: 1670/1670
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 21.10cm; Diameter: 17.00cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: glazed; painted
  • Subject: flower
  • Registration number: 1953,1119.1
  • Production place: Made in Hizen
  • Period/culture: Kanbun Era
  • Material: porcelain
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Hand, Gordon

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