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Kenzan-style Square Plate

Location

JAPAN, KYOTO
Kyoto ware

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)

Title

Kenzan-style Square Plate

Date

Mid-18th c.

Materials

Stoneware, painted decoration in underglaze blue and polychrome enamel

Dimensions

4.2 x 23.4 x 24.8 cm

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Dp.15

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

This type of flat square dish with low vertical edges is one of the trademark shapes of the Kenzan workshops. Judging from its size, this dish was likely used for serving sweets or other light food. The bamboo leaves (sasa) on the inside allude to the classic “scholar-recluse” ideal pursued by the first Kenzan.

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