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Japanese Arita Blue and White Ceramic Map Plate



A rectangular form ceramic map plate from Arita, Japan, circa Tenpo years (1830-1844) of late Edo Period. This piece of unusual blue and white Arita ware features the novel use of maps as underglaze decoration, a phenomena appeared in Japan in the early 19th century. The dish features a map of Japan floating in the waves of the ocean with each of its prefectures slightly raised and names marked in Kanji Chinese. Despite the awareness of its place in the world, a contemporaneous insularity was still reflected in the map's design, in which foreign countries were placed in the margin of the map and some was given titles such as ‘country of little people’. The dish has scalloped edge. On the base, which was brushed on a brown glaze, it was marked with four Kanji characters "Made in Tenpo years". The so called "map" wares from Arita are mostly in the form of the large plates such as this one, and occasionally are found as vases. This creation of the "map" ware was a reflection of the growing perception of the nation as a single entity, spurred by the tumultuous interactions with the foreigners such as the Portuguese, as well as the increasing domestic travels at the time. For a very similar piece, see lot 79 of Christie's New York sale 9208, Collection of Japanese Porcelain and Japanese & Korean Art in 1999.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Width: 12.25 in. (31.12 cm)Depth: 11 in. (27.94 cm)
  • Style
    Japonisme (Of the Period)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Fine condition, some surface wear and glaze imperfection.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU945021324052

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