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Soba Cup, One of Pair

Asian Art

While many Japanese export wares designed for European clients depicted Japanese individuals, this soba cup, which was meant for the domestic market, shows a European man. In both instances, portrayals of the “other” were thought to be desirable designs.
MEDIUM Porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze design of Dutch merchants and signal flags.
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES early 19th century
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 1/16 x 3 1/8 in. (7.7 x 7.9 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1994.188.2
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert S. Anderson
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