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Dish with Ginkgo Leaves

Dish with Ginkgo Leaves

c. 1688-1704

Porcelain with underglaze blue (Hizen ware, Nabeshima type)

Diameter: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2017.61

Description

This dish is an example of the finest type of Japanese porcelain, Nabeshima-type Hizen ware. It has a complex, abstracted design of gingko leaves and “Chinese grasses” (karakusa) in underglaze blue that may be among the most interesting of the underglaze blue designs. The dish is the largest of the three standard-sized Nabeshima dishes for individual servings.

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