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Dish with Sweet Osmanthus and Cloud

Dish with Sweet Osmanthus and Cloud

c. 1688-1716

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

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

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2017.63


The dish is an example of the finest type of early Japanese porcelain, Nabeshima-type Hizen ware. It is decorated with sweet osmanthus, or fragrant olive tree, with iron-red flowers and green and yellow enamels on the leaves. A band of misty clouds in underglaze blue completes the composition. The osmanthus tree was imported from China to southern Japan.

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