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Satsuma tea bowl with animals, plants, and figures

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earthenware, glaze

  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.


    • Second floor | Room 36 | Japan

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  • Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912 by Oliver Impey and Joyce Seaman

    Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period

    Earthenware teabowl decorated over a matt translucent glaze, in coloured enamels, with fourteen different shaped cartouches containing flowers, birds and figures, all against a gold sayagata ground. The interior with a fierce coiled dragon among clouds.

    This bowl can be firmly attributed to the Chin Jukan workshop, by comparison with the decoration on the pair of large vases made for the World’s Columbian Exhibition of Chicago in 1893, by Chin Jukan XII, which have similar floral cartouches on an identical gold sayagata background. This attribution has been confirmed by the present Chin Jukan XV.

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