Iro-e: Japan CUTE!
Iro-e is a ceramics technique that features the application of multicolored overglazed enamel patterns, and it flourished in Japan during the Edo period. There were a number of different styles of this technique: Kokutani replicated the forms and patterns of kimono on pottery; the design-oriented Kakiemon style gained world popularity, attracting the attention of Western royalty and nobility; and the Nabeshima style combined strong, bold colors with a Japanese design sense. This exhibit collects many pieces of iro-e ceramics, including pots, plates, and incense burners; collectively, the pieces represent an important facet of Japanese art history and are an early example of the country’s influence on world visual culture.
Image: Dish with Design of Lotus Leaf and Geometric Pattern, Overglaze Enamels, Ko-Kutani Style, Japan, Middle 17th Century, Idemitsu Museum of Arts