Object photography

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On View Charles Goddard Weld Hall, level 2

Object description

  • Japanese artist
  • Hachi (platter-bowl), about 1655
  • Porcelain, enamel
  • Saga prefecture, Japan
  • H: 3 1/2 in, dia.: 15 7/8 in (H: 8.9 cm, dia.: 40.3 cm)
  • Museum purchase, 2000
  • E300503


Arita ware, kokutani


This is a Kokutani platter in a pine design. It comes with a wooden storage box. Screen painting influenced the landscape decoration on this large dish used in banquets. The impressionistic, swirling sky derives from the gold-leafed, raised-relief clouds on screens, while the differing perspectives used in representing trees, rocks, and buildings is consistent with East Asian painting techniques.

Exhibition History

  • Japanese Art Gallery, Peabody Essex Museum; January 06, 2003 through Present