Japanese Jar

Jar, c.1868-1900
Attribution unknown
Ceramic, porcelain, lacquer
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Jar, c.1868-1900

Made for the export market, this Japanese jar is decorated with a Samurai warrior and a courtesan on reserved panels in overglaze polychrome enamels and lacquer. The jar is from Arita, Saga Prefecture and is in the Ko-Imari style. Arita was one of the first sites in Japan to produce porcelain, following the discovery of porcelain clay in the area near the end of the 16th century.


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