- 17th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Porcelain, underglaze blue, Nabeshima
- 3 1/2 × 1 7/8 × 2 1/2 in. (8.89 × 4.76 × 6.35 cm)
- Arts of Asia
- Arts of Asia - China, Level 3
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Haynes
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
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While Japanese ceramics do not have the range and technical virtuosity of Chinese works, they are miracles of subtle design. This 17th-century cup from Nabeshima kilns has a most elegant oval, curving form, referred to as a "Chinese bell flower" shape. Its cobalt blue underglaze has a reserved design of poppy heads, which trail gracefully around the cup. As in China, fine porcelains were made to be treasured and admired as works of art, or even works to inspire thoughtful meditation, rather than simply being considered articles of use.
- Anne Bromberg, Dallas Museum of Art: Selected Works (Dallas, TX: Dallas Museum of Art, 1983), 88.