The Hirado Mikawachi kilns were established by the end of the 17th century on the Island of Hirado in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The kilns were originally for the exclusive use of the daimyo, or territorial lord, of Hirado Island. As the reputation of the porcelain grew, they became available for commercial distribution. The wares were known for their high quality and fine craftsmanship and made some of the finest porcelain in Japan from 1751 to 1843. Although the products of the kilns were of exquisite quality, the records of the kilns are painfully scarce – making the dating of the wares rather difficult. This exhibition explores the different types of figures produced at the Hirado Mikawachi kilns and spotlights some of the dating questions that arises.
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