An Arita ‘Ai-Kutani type’ dish

An Arita ‘Ai-Kutani type’ dish

Circa 1660-70

21.9 cm across

Of a type traditionally referred to as Ai-kutani, meaning that it was made for the domestic rather than export market and suggesting a higher quality than that of the later wares.

To the centre are two overlapping pieces of paper, one decorated with a grasses on top of the other piece with the corner folded showing a geometric design on the other side. The border moulded with a design of Japanese characters.

A similar dish with folded paper design and the same moulded rim can be found in the Complete Catalogue of Shibata collection (2019), The Kyushu Ceramic Muyseum, No. 998, p126


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