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Chinese Imari (Famille Verte) Dish

about 1710

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: Asian, Chinese
2 3/8 in. x Diam: 14 1/4 in. (6.03 cm x 36.2 cm)
Medium and Support: Porcelain
Accession Number: 1998.0006.0001

Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of William Francis McCall, Jr., by exchange

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This dish features the Chinese Imari palette of underglaze blue, iron-red, and gold with the addition of green. The name Imari comes from a town in the northern part of the Kyushu province of Japan. During the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the Chinese began to imitate Japanese Imari ware, and these new articles became known as Chinese Imari. They were made in quantity for the European market. In addition to the floral decorations of chrysanthemums and peonies, this dish is decorated with two colorful rockets with flaming tails. Fireworks were invented in China in the twelfth century as an adjunct to the invention of gunpowder, and were first used as a device for scaring away evil spirits.

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