Iro-Nabeshima Plate with Fern-frond Border Design, one of five

Accession Number

Iro-Nabeshima Plate with Fern-frond Border Design, one of five


Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
early 18th century

Medium & Support
porcelain with blue underglaze and overglaze enamel painting

1 13/16 in. x 5 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. ( 4.6 cm x 14.92 cm x 14.92 cm )

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Label copy
The Nabeshima kiln in northern Kyûshû, Japan, produced high quality porcelains, which the local governing family used as part of their annual tribute to the Tokugawa overlords. Reflecting the sophisticated taste of the military class, Nabeshima designs are elegant, intricate and witty. In this series of five plates, the artist uses several traditional seasonal motifs, but always with an unexpected twist.

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Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)
Decorative Arts

Collection Area

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3 Related Resources

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
PAST - Rainbow of Ceramics 
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )

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