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Dish with Reeds and Mist

Dish with Reeds and Mist

c. 1700

Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze color enamel (Nabeshima ware)

Diameter: 20.1 cm (7 15/16 in.); Overall: 5.6 cm (2 3/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.271


The interior of this dish features clusters of reeds emerging from mist. The gradation of blue wash in the background suggests that the scene is set by still waters, perhaps the banks of a river or edge of a marsh. The celadon glaze, evocative of mist or fog, contrasts visually with the reeds and water.

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