- Museum Accession No.: EA1982.74
- Catalogue No.: 42
- Object type: Jar
- Kiln/Location: Early Enamelled Ware, probably Arita
- Period/Date: mid-17th century
- Dimensions: H. 25.0 cm
- Provenance: Gift of Richard de la Mare
- Description: Jar of rounded form. The neck and foot scarcely everted, with dark body and greyish glaze. Decorated with peonies growing from rockwork in dark colours of red, yellow, aubergine and green. The reverse side with more flowering plants and butterflies. There is no underglaze blue.
There can be no certainty that this unusual jar is a product of Arita. The dark body and glaze as well as the range of colours used differ considerably from known Arita pieces. It is, however, almost certainly of mid-17th-century date, when no other known kiln area was producing such high-fired wares. Even the evident fact that it is slightly under-fired does not explain these differences. The style of the painting of the flowers, in particular, resembles that on an Early Enamelled Ware bottle in the Idemitsu Museum (Idemitsu, 1990, pl. 674).
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