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Dish with a design of a hemp palm, Nabeshima ware


Period Edo period, late 17th - early 18th century
Materials and techniques Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels
Size H.4.3 D.14.8 BD.8.1


This dish, well known for its most elegant design, is a masterpiece from the golden age of Nabeshima ware. Not only is the idea of using hemp palms as a design novel, but their placement and coloring are exquisite and admirable. Enamels of a superior quality were used on the pure white body of the dish, the deep tone of the red bringing a richness to the overall color scheme. The dish displays the mental and technical maturity of the potters who devoted themselves to producing beautiful pieces meant to be gifts for the shogunate and feudal lords.

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