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Covered bowl

Covered bowl

ca. 1800

European figures were popular motifs in Japanese art during the Edo period, particularly representations of the Dutch (called komo: "red-haired people") because of their direct contact with Japan through trade during a time of national isolation. It was the Dutch East India Company that exported Japanese products, including Imari porcelain, to Europe. Dutch motifs were favored not only for exports but also for the domestic market, to satisfy the Japanese taste for exoticism and curiosity about Western culture. The familiar design of "five-ships," depicting five Dutch vessels with Dutch figures, is the best example of the popular theme, which appeared from the eighteenth century onward.
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 Art Museum, "The Museum: Mixed Metaphors", Anne Gerber Exhibition: Fred Wilson, 1/28 - 6/13/1993 (01/28/1993 - 06/13/1993)

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