Old-Kutani Dish with Horned owl design


The thick old kutani with a twisted edge.The rich color reminiscent of the oil painting is vivid.It is the formerly stored by Tekisui museum.

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PeriodEdo period
First half of the 17th century
ConditionThere is repairing face of the horned owl
There are small repairs at the edge
There is small kiln wound at the edge
There is hit at the bottom
Mouth diameter14.5cm
Bottom diameter9.0cm
DependentWood box
Acrylic dish stands attached
HistoryFormerly stored by Tekisui museum
『Old kutani Japanese ceramics11』、Chuokoronsha 、P132,No190.
(1 of the 10 works in the book)
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 The old-kutani style is the style of imari ware made in hizen arita in the early Edo period.
In the 1640s and 1650s color painting techniques were introduced to imari ware made mainly of underglaze blue,
and it was transformed into an old-kutani style in which early imari was developed with remarkable technological innovation.
Porcelain of overglaze polychrome enamel which began with imitating chinese ceramics showed its own development in japan,
a work of the tea ceremony was also made.
Participation by the painter is felt as you can see the work which the painting has become much better.
The number of works with characters increased, and various names such as ” horn fortune ” and “honor” were used.
In order to prevent the bottom from drooping during firing as the bottom width of the dish became larger,
a method of attaching a conical support “Hari” made of the same material as porcelain has become widespread.
Because porcelain of overglaze polychrome enamel were unsuitable for the tastes of europeans,
little was exported, it is estimated that it was produced according to domestic demand.
The old kutani style also became thin like the kakiemon style in the second half.
I will also refine the picture pattern.


Description of design

 Horned owl have feathers that protrude like ears.
Although some of the owl are not excluded, both belong to the same group belonging to the owl family, there is no taxonomic distinction.
In ancient greece owl are the goddess athena’s followers, it is regarded as a symbol of wisdom called “the wise man of the forest”.