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Jar
(Tsubo 壺)
(18th century)

Medium
porcelain (Imari ware)
Measurements
49.5 × 36.2 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Japan
Accession Number
1537-D5
Department
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1968
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Asian Gallery Temporary Exhibtion Gallery
Mezzanine linked to Level 1, NGV International
Description
Porcelain was introduced to Japan from China and Korea after Kaolin-type clays were discovered in the Arita area of Kyushu. During the seventeenth century Chinese civil conflict disrupted Chinese kilns, and porcelain production in Japan flourished to meet European and local demands. With its eccentric rock and stylised peacock/phoenix, this large jar displays pictorial influences from China as well as the Japanese motif of the paulownia tree.