Title: Nabeshima Ware, Aki-no Nanakusa
This white color dish is categorized in the Nabeshima Yaki (鍋島焼, Nabeshima ware). It is also called the Nebashima Youshiki (鍋島様式, Nabeshima style), based on the idea that it is regarded as a style of Imari Yaki (伊万里焼, Imari ware). Nabeshima ware is a high-class porcelain manufactured in kilns directly operated by the Saga Domain/Nabeshima Domain (佐賀藩/鍋島藩) from the 17th century to the 19th century. Arita (有田) and Imari (伊万里) in Hizen Province (肥前国, Arita Town, Imari City, Saga Prefecture), which was under the control of the Saga Domain, is known as a representative production area of porcelain in Japan. Among these, the kiln directly operated by the domain located in Okawachiyama (大川内山, southern part of Imari City, Saga Prefecture) mainly fired luxury goods such as personal items for the domain lord and gifts for the Shogun’s family and various feudal lords. Since the modern era, it has been called the Nabeshima ware or simply Nabeshima. It is said that the distinctive features of this pottery are the Kushiba (櫛歯) patterns on the pedestal called Koudai (高台), which is attached to the bottom of the vessel, and the intricate patterns on the plate.
About the design, we believe its theme is the Aki-no Nanakusa (秋の七草, the seven flowers of autumn). It is a group of plants that represent the autumn season. For example, the Japanese bellflower, Japanese pampas grass, bush clover, and kudzu vine are included in this group. The design that combines flowers that grow naturally in the autumn field (chrysanthemum, in this case) with the seven autumn flowers is called the Akikusa (秋草, autumn plant) pattern. It has been favored as a tasteful motif among Japanese people.
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