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Dish with a design of rhododendrons, 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.20.7 BD.10.9


Illustrated here is another excellent example of a Nabeshima nanasun dish. It is decorated with a design of rhododendrons, the leaves of which have been brushed with a dark blue, probably in an effort to express their thickness. Porcelain is technically destined to be painted in abstract colors, and it is truly interesting to see how the artists have tried to fight against these restrictions, attempting to express the texture of the subjects. The back is decorated in three areas with peonies and scrolling vines, a design which is comparatively rare for nanasun dishes. The foot has the comb design.

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