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Dish in Shape of Japanese Court Woman

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1780
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Porcelain decorated with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Imari type)
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm); L. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. V. Everit Macy, 1923
Accession Number:
23.225.151
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The court women of the Heian period (794–1185), characterized by their long flowing hair and multilayered clothing with elaborate and brilliantly juxtaposed patterns, play an important role in Japanese visual arts. Many were writers and poets. Plates such as this can be understood to refer to these famous women as well as to an ideal type.
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