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Nabeshima Vase

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Nabeshima Vase, n.d.
Glaze on Porcelain
12 5/8 x 8 3/8 in. (32 x 21 cm)

Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Thrown
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Risa and Chris Engle in Honor of Maiya and Leah
Accession Number: 2018.18.1

Nabeshima is a type of porcelainware manufactured at Nabeshima feudal kiln (Saga prefecture today) under strict supervision during the Edo period. After moving to Ookawachi around 1670, the Lord of Nabeshima started appointing the kiln superintendent. He ordered that the kiln be closed to the outside world in order to keep their technical developments secret.

Most of Nabeshima porcelain manufactured between the Enpou era (1673-1681) and around 1750 were colored with red, blue, green, yellow, and the designs were adopted from plants or patterns on kimonos.


There are marks in blue and in black on the bottom of the vase.

Porcelain with polychrome enamels

Object Description
A white porcelain vase decorated in red poppies with blue and green stems. The rim of the vase is gilded.

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