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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Japanese Treats

[Dish with decoration of tropical plant. Japanese, Edo period, 1650–1660. Ceramics: (12 5/8 x 2 5/8 in.) Arita ware in the Kutani style; porcelain with decoration in overglaze enamels and iron-oxide rim.
Luxuries from Japan, Museum of Fine Arts Boston.]

The object of the day is a large Arita ware Kutani style porcelain dish from the exhibition, Luxuries from Japan: Cultural Exchange in the 17th and 18th Centuries, currently on view at the MFA, Boston. Dominating the decoration are tropical leaves in turquoise green enamel, while the plant's twisted stems are painted in blue enamel. The background design is composed of brown floral whorls on mustard yellow.

Luxuries continues through Monday, January 17, 2011.  Learn all about it over at Enfilade and explore more lovely objects here.

[18th-century cotton painted mordant-and-resist-dyed Indian sarasa fragment made on the Coromandel Coast for the Japanese market.Tokyo National Museum. Image from Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East.]

Related past post: Daily Eye Candy.


Emile de Bruijn said...

Isn't that a fantastic dish?! Turquoise green on mustard yellow: yum!

And so interesting about the Japanese importing textiles from India - so much for their cultural uniqueness :)

Karena said...

Courtney the Japanese dish ....beautiful color palette!

Art by Karena

LINDA from Each Little World said...

I think we need to get the museum to put that Japanese plate on the Anthropologie paper!