Serving dish with design of “Three Friends”


Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1615-1624
Stoneware with Oribe glaze and iron decoration under clear glaze; gold lacquer repairs
Mino ware, Oribe type
H x W x D: 8.3 x 37 x 37 cm (3 1/4 x 14 9/16 x 14 9/16 in)
Japan, Gifu prefecture, Tajimi, probably Kamagane kilns
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Serving dish

bamboo, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, Japan, lacquer repair, Mino ware, Oribe type, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), stoneware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Takashi Yanagi


The craftsman who decorated this dish began by ladling three scoops of copper-green glaze over the surface, creating somewhat randomly the area to be filled with painted decoration. The decoration combines naturalistic bamboo plants—including abundant bamboo shoots, a
delicacy of early spring in Japanese cuisine—and geometric patterns. Dishes of this large size were used to serve food at banquets.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 36, p. 30.
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  • Fujioka Ryoichi. Shino and Oribe Ceramics. Japanese Arts Library, vol. 1, 1st edition. Tokyo, New York and San Francisco. pl. 103.
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  • Andrew Maske. Potters and Patrons in Edo Period Japan: Takatori Ware and the Kuroda Domain. Farnham, Surry, UK and Burlington, VT. fig. 4.7.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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