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Arita, Hizen province [Japan]

Five dishes 1670-90

Porcelain moulded and painted in Kakiemon-style with overglaze enamels | 2.9 x 21.1 x 21.1 cm (whole object) | RCIN 58821

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The secret of porcelain manufacture was not known in Japan until the early seventeenth century. The dazzling white on this dish exemplifies the milky body quickly achieved by kilns on the southern island of Kyūshū.