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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1973.197
  • Catalogue No.: 296
  • Object type: Box
  • Kiln/Location: Kenjo-Imari, Arita
  • Period/Date: c. 1700
  • Dimensions: H. 10.4 cm, D. 21.5 cm
  • Provenance: 1973.197
  • Description: Cylindrical box. Flat, fitting lid, slightly overhanging sides, flat biscuit base. Underglaze blue, red, green and black enamels. Green background with blue or red paulownia leaves and two cartouches of phoenixes on black, repeated on lid.

    It is possible, though unlikely, that this is part of a stack of tiered boxes, a jubako. The style called Kenjo or 'Presentation Imari is always well decorated, often with an overall formal pattern, and with particularly fine enamels. There are several examples in Dresden, of which at least two are inventoried in 1721, see Reichel, 1981, pls. 66-69. See also Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, pls. 216, 217. For a wide range of these wares, see Idemitsu, 1990, nos. 473, 474; and Nezu, 2000, especially nos. 124-29.

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