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Arita ware dish with design of chrysanthemums by a brushwood fence

Accession Number
1970/2.1

Title
Arita ware dish with design of chrysanthemums by a brushwood fence

Artist(s)
Japanese

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
early 18th century

Medium & Support
porcelain with blue underglaze and overglaze enamel painting

Dimensions
1 3/8 in. x 8 7/16 in. ( 3.49 cm x 21.4 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Green

Label copy
The unknown artist of this dish has drawn a scene of a long-tailed bird (an auspicious creature) flying toward chrysanthemums in full bloom, as if mesmerized by the beauty of these autumn flowers. A sense of movement is created by the asymmetrical design, and the quality of the line drawing is suberb. This dish is a fine example of Arita ware, a type of decorated porcelain that was developed in the seventeenth century. It is in the so-called Kakiemon style (after the name of a famous potter), recognizable by the sophistication of its sparse, asymmetrical design.
Maribeth Graybill
“Four Seasons In Japanese Art”: Special Installation of Japanese Gallery at UMMA: Object Labels
July 5, 2003-January 4, 2004

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
dish

Collection Area
Asian

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Keywords
abstraction
dishes
flowers
phoenix

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