This event has ended.
The Nabeshima clan from the feudal domain of Saga in Kyushu were the first to succeed in manufacturing porcelain in Japan. The Nabeshima ware they produced for use as gifts under direct management of the Nabeshima lords is considered to represent the pinnacle of Japanese porcelain production. Premium quality was maintained since the ware was not intended for commercial distribution, but for use as gifts and presentations to Shogun families, nobility, and high ranking officials of the shogunate, a factor which also influenced the nature of the pieces produced. The distinctive shapes and coloring used were different to the Imari ware in general distribution, and many pieces had designs with a celebratory significance. This exhibition surveys the history of Nabeshima ware, and introduces celebratory designs that are appropriate for the New Year.
[Image: Peony-shaped dish, decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels, Nabeshima ware, Edo period. Second half of the 17th century. Diameter:16.9×12.1cm]
From 2011-01-04 To 2011-03-27