Large Bowl with Floral Design

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Culture: Japan

Medium: Porcelain with celadon glaze and underglaze blue (Hizen ware, early Imari type)

Dimensions: H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); Diam. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975

Accession Number: 1975.268.508


This bowl is an interesting example of the early Imari style of porcelain. Early Imari was the first porcelain produced in Japan, and was typically made in the blue-and-white style, in which designs would be painted on the white surface in cobalt and then covered with a transparent glaze. This bowl, however, was covered with a celadon glaze, giving the vessel a soft green color. The shape of the bowl is reminiscent of a flower, and there are floral designs painted beneath the glaze.