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Bowl with cover

Bowl with cover

ca. 1800

Southern Europeans, primarily 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 nanban, however, was used to refer to almost anything foreign in 16th- and 17th-century Japan. Images of Europeans proliferated in response to the curiosity of all things foreign, and became common motifs to adorn ceramic wares such as these bowls.
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
Not currently on view


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

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

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "The Museum: Mixed Metaphors", Anne Gerber Exhibition: Fred Wilson, January 28 - June 13, 1993 (01/28/1993 - 06/13/1993)

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