Dish with Ginkgo Leaves

late 1600s-early 1700s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This dish is an example of the finest type of Japanese porcelain, Nabeshima-type Hizen ware. It has a complex, abstracted design of ginkgo leaves and “Chinese grasses” (<em>karakusa</em>) in underglaze blue that may be among the most interesting of the underglaze blue designs. The dish is the largest of the three standard-sized Nabeshima dishes for individual servings.

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  • Title: Dish with Ginkgo Leaves
  • Date Created: late 1600s-early 1700s
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)
  • Provenance: (Sebastian Izzard, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2017.61
  • Medium: Porcelain with underglaze blue (Hizen ware, Nabeshima type)
  • Original Title: 染付銀杏唐花文皿
  • Fun Fact: The ginkgo's distinctive fan-shaped leaf is a symbol of longevity and endurance in Japanese art.
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: Japanese Art
  • Accession Number: 2017.61

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