Cup

DATE:
17th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Porcelain, underglaze blue, Nabeshima
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
3 1/2 × 1 7/8 × 2 1/2 in. (8.89 × 4.76 × 6.35 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
Arts of Asia - China, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Haynes
OBJECT NUMBER:
1982.34

General Description

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.

Excerpt from

  • Anne Bromberg, Dallas Museum of Art: Selected Works (Dallas, TX: Dallas Museum of Art, 1983), 88.

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