Covered Bowl with a design of birds and flowers

Kakiemon type, Imari ware



Artist Kakiemon type, Imari ware
Period Edo period, 17th century
Materials and techniques Porcelain with overglaze enamels
Size H.36.7 MD.30.2 Cover D.31.6 BD.16.7


Kakiemon is known as the father of iro-e (porcelain with polychrome overglaze enamels) in Japan. Shown is a large, early Kakiemon-type bowl with an accompanying lid topped with a knob in the shape of a lion-dog. Both the bowl and the lid feature a typical Kakiemon design of two birds resting on taikoseki (odd-shaped limestone tai-hu rocks) flanked by chrysanthemums and peonies. The piece was made to order for export to Europe.