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Large Dish with Persimmon Branch

Large Dish with Persimmon Branch

mid- to late 1600s

Porcelain with underglaze black and overglaze enamel (Hizen ware, Ko-Kutani style)

Diameter: 33.4 cm (13 1/8 in.); Overall: 6.2 cm (2 7/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.245


This large plate is considered to have been produced in Kyushu, and is in a palette of Ko-Kutani style works called aode (literally, bluish-green hand) for the deep blue, green, purple, and yellow overglaze enamels that completely cover their surfaces. Ko-Kutani means “old Kutani,” and can refer to two kinds of porcelains. One kind is said to have been produced in the village of Kutani in present-day Ishikawa prefecture in the mid-1600s through the early 1700s. The other kind, decorated with similar glazes and designs, was produced in the former Arita domain of present-day Saga prefecture in Kyushu.

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