Dish in Shape of Japanese Court Woman
Edo period (1615–1868)
Porcelain decorated with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Imari type)
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm); L. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Gift of Mrs. V. Everit Macy, 1923
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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