Dating japanese ceramics

10 May

This type of ceramic is usually simple, inexpensive, and made rapidly but skillfully on the potter’s wheel.The potters also introduced a new type of kiln to Japan, the noborigama, or climbing kiln, which allows for greater precision during firing.From the nearby port of Imari, the Japanese would transport the goods to Nagasaki, where the Dutch or Chinese could pick them up and reship them to their final destination.They are therefore sometimes also identified as Imari ware.

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The Japanese porcelain industry was actually pioneered by Korean potters living in Japan.

Many of them came to Japan during two invasions of Korea led by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 1590s.

An appreciation of Korean ceramics had recently developed in Japan, and many of the feudal lords who accompanied Hideyoshi brought back Korean potters to build up the ceramic industry in their territories (1983.557.2).

Responding to European demand, the Dutch encouraged the fledgling Japanese porcelain industry to fill the gap left by China.

This Japanese export porcelain is commonly referred to as Arita ware (79.2.176a,b), for the district in which the kilns were located.