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Catalog Number 2016.9.1
Object Name Mug
Description This pear-shaped mug shows the global range of influences on the design of Japanese porcelain.

The shape copies German stoneware or Northern European pewter beer mugs, the landscape scenes in the panels are after the landscape scenes popular on mid-seventeenth century Chinese porcelain, and the scrollwork around the panels is known as karakusa, from the Japanese words kara, for Chinese, and kusa, for grass. The pewter lid was added in the Netherlands.

This design, with panels of landscapes and figures with parasols (which were an exotic Asian luxury), was one of the most common used on Japanese export porcelain of the late-seventeenth century. The jug nearby is decorated with nearly identical scenes.
Year Range from 1670
Year Range to 1690
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Arita, Japan
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase with Funds Provided by W. Groke Mickey
On View Reeves Center, Japanese Gallery
Gallery ID Number 205