Satsuma tea bowl with animals, plants, and figuresOn display
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Satsuma tea bowl with animals, plants, and figures
Material and technique
earthenware, with polychrome enamels, including gold, over a matt glaze
Dimensions9 cm (height)
12.4 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Presented by Sir Herbert Ingram, 1956.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 36 | Japan from 1850
Earthenware teabowl decorated over a matt translucent glaze, in coloured enamels, with fourteen different shaped cartouches containing flowers, birds and figures, all against a gold sayagata ground. The interior with a fierce coiled dragon among clouds.
This bowl can be firmly attributed to the Chin Jukan workshop, by comparison with the decoration on the pair of large vases made for the World’s Columbian Exhibition of Chicago in 1893, by Chin Jukan XII, which have similar floral cartouches on an identical gold sayagata background. This attribution has been confirmed by the present Chin Jukan XV.
In: Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)
Glossary of terms
Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.
Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.
Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 23 on p. 50, illus. p. 51