Ribbed bottle with fuku (good luck) characters and kintsugi repairOn display
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Ribbed bottle with fuku (good luck) characters and kintsugi repair
Date1630 - 1650
Edo Period (1600 - 1868)
Material and technique
porcelain, with underglaze painting in blue, and gold lacquer repair
Dimensions8.3 cm (diameter)
16.8 cm (height)
No. of items
Museum locationLower ground floor | Gallery 4 | Conservation
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Glossary of terms
Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.
Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.
Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.
Impey, Oliver, The Early Porcelain Kilns of Japan: Arita in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century, Oxford Oriental Monographs (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), pp. xi, 86, 88, 110 & 120, pl. 30a (colour)