Large Bowl Landscape design in underglaze blue

Organization control number
G-5041
Classification
Ceramics
Author
Imari ware
Era century
Edo period, 17th century
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
The very first Japanese porcelain was created in Arita of Hizen province (now Saga prefecture) during the Genna era (1615–23). It was influenced by the blue and white porcelain of the late Ming dynasty but also showed uniquely Japanese characteristics. For example, this large bowl is painted with a landscape that, despite being Chinese in style, resonates an unrestrained energy not found in Chinese porcelain.(161004_h133)