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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1995.69
  • Catalogue No.: 36
  • Object type: Plate
  • Kiln/Location: Early celadon, Arita or Hasami
  • Period/Date: mid-17th century
  • Dimensions: D. 36.5 cm
  • Provenance: Story Fund
  • Description: Large dish with everted rim. The centre incised with a large peony spray. The reverse has a wide iron-washed ring within the footring. (This is where the circular chatsu stand - the kiln-furniture peculiar to celadon - supported the dish during firing.)

    Made for export to South-East Asia in imitation of Zhejiang ware. For a larger dish of this type, attributed, probably correctly, to the Arita kiln, Maruo, see Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, no. 29. The present example more likely comes from Mitsunomata in Hasami or possibly Fudoyama kiln near Ureshino. Hasami and Ureshino are both about eight kilometres south-west of Arita, and in the 17th century were in the same han, ruled by the Lords Nabeshima.

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