A 17th Century Ko-Kutani Dish
A 17th Century Ko-Kuntani Dish c.1655-1670. This Ko-Kutani Dish was probably made at the Kutani Kilns, Enuma County, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The design consists of a central roundel decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with what are perhaps two gingko leaves. The overglaze decoration is of shôchikubai or the Three Friends of Winter; pine, prunus and bamboo. These are painted within cloud shaped panels and set against iron-red brocade designs.
- In excellent condition, somw minor scratches and very light wear. Two pieces of kiln grit to the front.
- Diameter 14.6 cm (5 3/4 inches)
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The term kutani means 'Nine Valleys'. According to tradition, clays suitable for porcelain making were found in the Kutani mines of the Daishōji clan, a cadet branch of the Maida clan. The pre-fix Ko just means old but in the context of Ko-Kutani it referes to the earliest period of production.
The site of old Kutani porcelain kiln (right), the memorial to the founder Gotō Saijirō (left)