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Dish with Tatsuta River design
(Iroe Tatsutagawamon sara 色絵龍田川文皿)
(late 17th century-early 18th century)

porcelain, enamel (Nabeshima ware)
5.8 × 20.3 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest in honour of Allan Myers AO President of the Council of Trustees of the NGV, 2012
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Level 1, NGV International
Physical description
Nabeshima was considered to be the pre-eminent kiln for the production of Japanese porcelain. This dish displays maple leaves tossed about in the fast-flowing Tatsuta River. Since Heian times, the splendours of momiji (maple leaves) in the Tatsuta River’s waters have been referred to in poetry and are synonymous with Japan’s close relationship to the changing seasons.