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Japanese plate for food with Chinese inscriptions

Image attached to C.183C-1934

An image of Japanese pottery. Small plate for food. Kenzan, pottery studio, Japan, Kyoto. A square plate, small and shallow. Underglaze brushwork of pine in black, together with inscriptions in Chinese characters. Cloud decorations around the outside. Maker's mark and inscriptions in Chinese; on the plate; brushed; five Chinese characters poem and the signature KENZAN painted on the plate; five Chinese characters poem read ' the charming spring ivy blooming all over the valley' painted by KENZAN. Stoneware, hand-built, brush painting in black pigment, height 2.00 cm, width of the square, whole, 9.50 cm, larger, circa 1700-circa 1799. Edo Period (1615-1868). Production Note: this piece belongs to the three-piece set (C.183A, B & C-1934).

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Japanese pottery. Small plate for food. Kenzan, pottery studio, Japan, Kyoto. A square plate, small and shallow. Underglaze brushwork of pine in black, together with inscriptions in Chinese characters. Cloud decorations around the outside. Maker's mark and inscriptions in Chinese; on the plate; brushed; five Chinese characters poem and the signature KENZAN painted on the plate; five Chinese characters poem read ' the charming spring ivy blooming all over the valley' painted by KENZAN. Stoneware, hand-built, brush painting in black pigment, height 2.00 cm, width of the square, whole, 9.50 cm, larger, circa 1700-circa 1799. Edo Period (1615-1868). Production Note: this piece belongs to the three-piece set (C.183A, B & C-1934).

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  • Accession Number: C.183C-1934
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/22.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Katie Young
  • Image height: 935 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 131.58kB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 200
  • Fnumber: 22/1

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18th Century characters Chinese cream Edo Period Fitz_AA glazed hand built handmade inscribed inscriptions ivy Japanese Kenzan Kyoto plate pottery shallow square stoneware underglaze

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