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Artist/maker unknown, Japanese, for export to the Dutch market

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)

c. 1660-1680

Hard-paste porcelain with underglaze blue decoration

2 1/8 x 15 9/16 inches (5.4 x 39.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by The Women’s Committee and the Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1969

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When the production and trade of Chinese export porcelain was disrupted in the seventeenth century by the dynastic transition from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company), whose initials appear on this dish, turned to Japan for porcelain. Dishes such as this, which mimic a style of Chinese ceramics known as Kraak ware—distinguished by its underglaze blue decoration and rims with segmented designs—may have been made in Japan for use by VOC staff in their headquarters in Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia) as well as in their home offices in Holland.