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Catalog Number 2014.11.1
Object Name Bowl
Description This bowl is decorated in the kakiemon style, which is characterized by brightly colored decoration painted in a delicate and precise style on a milky white ground. Made between 1670 and 1700, it is named for the Kakiemon family of potters, who are credited with its development.

Europeans often described kakiemon as "Old Japan China, Brown Edge," identifying the brown iron oxide band painted on the rim to frame the rim as an especially important and prized feature.

Incredibly elegant, alluringly exotic, and fabulously expensive, kakiemon was the most desirable type of Japanese porcelain to reach Europe. Most pieces belonged to kings or queens, like Mary II of England or Augustus the Strong of Saxony, or to wealthy and powerful aristocrats.
Year Range from 1670
Year Range to 1700
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 209