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Bowl with cover

Bowl with cover

ca. 1800

The Portuguese and Spanish arrived in Japan in the 16th century. The Japanese called them nanban, or “southern barbarians,” because they came through a maritime route from the south. The term was used to refer to almost anything foreign in 16th- and 17th-century Japan.
Imari ware, Ko-Imari type: porcelain decorated in overglaze enamels
.a H.: 2 1/2 in.
.a Diam.: 4 3/8 in.
Gift of Frank D. Stout
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Museum: Mixed Metaphors, Fred Wilson, Jan. 28 - June 13, 1993.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Refined Harmony: Decorative Arts from the Edo Period, Mar. 7, 2003 - Mar. 23, 2004.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Legends, Tales, Poetry: Visual Narrative in Japanese Art, Dec. 22, 2012 - July 21, 2013.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Chronicles of a Global East, Oct. 20, 2022 - Oct. 22, 2023.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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