Ko-Imari and Nabeshima are two ceramics cherished by powerful rulers. As represented by kinrande, gorgeously decorated style, Ko-Imari was perfected in the Genroku era (1688–1704), which instantly swept over the country. Its unstoppable popularity even reached the royalty and aristocracy of Europe. On the other hand, Nabeshima ware produced under the auspices of the Nabeshima domain assembled the essences of Hizen porcelain, and items were fired as gifts to the shōgun (warrior leaders). Similar but different, Ko-Imari and Nabeshima—the appeals of the two styles will be explored in this show.
The Appeal of Ko-Imari and Nabeshima
January 10, 2020 to March 29, 2020
Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Moji
2-3, Higashi-minatomachi, Moji-ku,
Kitakyūshū-shi, Fukuoka 801-0853