Octagonal Dish with a design of auspicious objects, Nabeshima ware



Period Edo period, late 17th - early 18th century
Materials and techniques Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels
Size H.5.5 D.20.8 BD.10.6


This eight-sided dish, with a slightly upright everted rim stands on a round foot. It is decorated with kisshōmon (designs which bring good fortune) of the most colorful kind found among all Nabeshima ware. In the center of the interior is the letter "ju" (longevity) reserved in white on a ground brushed with underglaze blue. The letter is surrounded by eight jewels, which in turn are surrounded by lively takarazukushi (auspicious treasures) patterns arranged around the perimeter. Coloring of this very auspicious design is executed in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels of green, red and yellow.