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Important Cultural Property Top-shaped bowl with design of five ships, overglaze enamels and gold

UnknownEdo period, 18th century

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art

This bowl is decorated with five Dutch ships: three, large and small, on the inside and two on the outside. The peony motifs on the inside suggest European crests; pairs of Dutch figures hold fans, pipes, and hats. Large and small Dutch figures have also been painted in the red roundels on the outside. The character kotobuki (long life) is written in the center of the foot. Imari ware was exported by the Dutch from the mid seventeenth century on, and it is possible that Dutch ships and Dutch people were likened to takarabune (ships bearing good fortune) and gods of good luck, as were Southern Barbarian (European) ships and Southern Barbarians.

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  • Title: Important Cultural Property Top-shaped bowl with design of five ships, overglaze enamels and gold
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Edo period, 18th century
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w370 x h97 cm
  • Object Width (English): 37 cm (Diameter of mouth) / 20.4 cm (Diameter of foot)
  • Object Title (Japanese): 重要文化財 色絵五艘船文独楽形大鉢
  • Object Height (English): 9.7 cm
  • Object Date (English): Edo period, 18th century
  • Category (Japanese): 陶磁器
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 不明
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art, Suntory Museum of Art

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