Dish with rocky landscape, Japan

Dish with rocky landscape, Japan

Dish with rocky landscape
Japan, Arita kilns
1650-80
Porcelain, with enamels painted over the glaze
Museum no. 309-1877

Japan began to manufacture porcelain after 1600. The main centre, Arita, created porcelain of exceptional quality, inspired by Chinese blue-and-white wares.

Around 1640, Arita also began to produce enamelled porcelain. Pieces such as this dish were once attributed to central Japan and called 'Kutani ware'. The maker of this dish sketched the fir tree, bamboo and rocks in black before adding the colours.