This Japanese Antique Edo Imari Porcelain Namazu Hakkakubachi Bowl was made about 150-200 years ago dating to the 1800's Edo period of 1800-1868. It has quite an unusual and extravagant blue and white decoration, one I am not familiar with on the inside and one I could not find. Namazu is the medium size of the bowl. Hakkakubachi is the word for an octagonal bowl, it is handmade of beautifuil white porcelain. It is painted in underglaze and overglaze blue. It is quite abstract. It is not signed as many of the older bowls were not.
It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We are careful to check incoming items for any unusual smells. Again please let us know if you have any questions. This is a purchase from a well- known and honest, quality antique dealer in Japan.
Size Width 5.8 inches or 14.8 cm, Length 5.7 inches or 14.5 cm, Height 2.0 inches or 5.2 cm
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Imari porcelain 伊万里焼 is the name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyūshū. They were exported to Europe extensively from the port of Imari, Saga, between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century. The Japanese as well as Europeans called them Imari. In Japanese, these porcelains are also known as Arita-yaki 有田焼. Imari was the trans-shipment port for Arita wares. There are many styles including Nabeshima and Kakiemon. It was the kilns at Arita which formed the heart of the Japanese porcelain industry.
Though sophisticated wares in authentic Japanese styles were being made at Arita for the fastidious home market, European–style designations of Arita porcelain were formed after blue and white kraak porcelains, imitating Chinese underglaze blue-and-white wares, or made use of enamel colors over underglazes of cobalt blue and iron red. The ware often used copious gilding, sometimes with spare isolated sprigged vignettes, but often densely patterned in compartments.
Imari or Arita porcelain has been continually produced up through the present day.