Nabeshima wares were made as gifts to be presented to the Japanese shogunate by the regional lord in charge of the porcelain-producing region of Arita. Because they were to be sent to the court, these wares represented the very finest quality the Arita kilns could produce. Unlike most porcelains made at Arita, they also reflect Japanese tastes. Nabeshima dishes can be identified by their tall foot-rings, decorated with cobalt patterns.
Nabeshima ware, porcelain with underglaze blue
The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection
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Dish, 18th century. Nabeshima ware, porcelain with underglaze blue, 2 3/16 x 8 in. (5.5 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection, 2004.28.81. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2004.28.81_top_PS11.jpg)
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This blue-and-white porcelain dish actually comes from Japan. The peaches on it are symbols of immortality and have connotations of tranquility and fertility in Japan.