Japanese Kakiemon bijin

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Oriental Works of Art

A Japanese Kakiemon bijin (or beautiful lady) of the Edo Period, late 17th Century.


In the 1680s, the Kakiemon family of potters discovered and perfected the technique of applying overglaze enamels in bright colours (red, green, blue and yellow) onto a milky-white glazed surface and refiring at a lower temperature. These highly prized Kakiemon style wares were made in the kilns near Arita in Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan.

The figure is dressed in the fashion of the period, with a multi-layered kimono and a black ‘obi’ (belt).

39.4cm high