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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1987.4
  • Catalogue No.: 54
  • Object type: Mug
  • Kiln/Location: Early Enamelled Ware, Arita
  • Period/Date: 1660-80
  • Dimensions: H. 20.0 cm
  • Provenance: 1987.4
  • Description: Mug. European shape, ovoid body, waisted below the cylindrical neck, moulded loop handle, flared foot. Red, yellow and green enamels of dark tones. Main body, red clouds, flowers and swirling motifs in green and yellow, all on red hatched ground. Around the foot and base of neck are bands of plain red with a band of geometric design on the shoulder. The handle is decorated with floral scrolls and on the neck are three cash motifs in green and yellow.

    This dense form of decoration, with flowers and plants among clouds, etc., on a background of red flecks and lines also occurs on jugs, see the de la Mare example with a silver lid dated 1671, illustrated by Jenyns, 1965, pl. 83A, and the example in the British Museum (BM 1948.7.14); on pear-shaped bottles, see Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, no. 78. It may also appear as a subsidiary decoration on many other shapes: on pear shaped bottles (Idemitsu, 1990, nos. 676, 678), on tea-whisk-shaped bottles (Idemitsu, 1990, no. 677), on double-gourd bottles (Idemitsu, 1990, nos. 649, 656), and on jars (Idemitsu, 1990, nos. 663, 680). Versions also appear on dishes, bowls and other shapes. See also no. 43.

  • Exhibited: Fukuoka, 1995, no. 52
  • Similar Example: Fukuoka, 1995, no. 52
  • Illustrated:
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Detail of Decoration
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