15 September 1999
A Moulded Porcelain 'Map Dish'
Arita Ware, Imari Type, Edo Period (1830s-40s)
Designed as a horizontal, conceptual map of Japan bordered by labelled islands and sections of four other countries, the Land of the Dwarves, the Land of Women, the Ryukyu Kingdom and Korea, surrounded by seas and the ocean drawn with scalloped waves in underglaze-blue, the inscriptions also cobalt blue under the transparent glaze
12 x 11.3/8in. (32.5 x 29cm.)
Richard W. Weatherhead
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For two other map dishes in the collection of the Kyushu Ceramic Museum see Robert Singer et al., Edo: Art in Japan 1615--1868, exh. cat. (Washington, D. C.: National Gallery of Art, 1998), pls. 141, 142.
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