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Jade Nabeshima Plate - Imari


The form of the plate has been designed based on a plum design, considered the most iconic and a standard in Japanese art history.

The export of Japanese ware from the Imari region to the rest of the world began during the latter half of the 17thcentury. At the time, because the port from which such ware was shipped was called “Imari,” the general term for pottery exported from Imari became “Imari ware,” a name that ultimately became widely known overseas. Outside of Japan, “Nabeshima ware” made in the Imari region is often called “Imari ware.” However, even among the various types of Imari ware, Nabeshima ware occupies a special place because during the Edo Period, it was made specifically as gifts presented only to shoguns and feudal lords. For this reason, only genuinely talented craftsmen were chosen to create Nabeshima ware, using undisclosed techniques in secret kilns. Embodying such traditions and techniques that have been carried on to this day, Nabeshima ware is said to be the most exquisite kind of porcelain in Japan, with an elegance and refinement fit for nobility.

- Diameter: 15cm, Height: 3.7cm
- Material: Porcelain
- Made in Japan

It was once produced only for feudal lords

In 1675, 31 of the best potters from the Arita and Imari areas of Hizen Province were gathered to produce gifts for the shogun. (Today, these areas are located in Saga Pref.) The potters established a clan pottery, marking the beginning of Nabeshima porcelain. The finely crafted works of the pottery were exclusively for shoguns and feudal lords. 

Ordinary people would never have the opportunity to use such items. For feudal lords, Nabeshima porcelain was a daily necessity.

The outstanding craftsmanship of Nabeshima Pottery

Shaped by the hands of masters of the potter's wheel, these ceramics preserve the traditions of the past.