Satsuma-ware dish : completed dish

Material Information

Satsuma-ware dish : completed dish
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Alternate Title:
廣田実雪 ( Artist )
Hirota, Saneyuki ( contributor )
Presented to SOAS by the artist, Saneyuki Hirota.
Place of Publication:
Kagoshima, Japan
Publication Date:
H8.8 x Diam45.5 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Satsuma pottery ( lcsh )
アジア -- 日本 -- 鹿児島 -- 鹿児島市
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Japan -- Kagoshima -- Kagoshima-shi
31.56019 x 130.55814


The Japanese potter Saneyuki Hirota (b. 1947) created this impressive ceramic work on the occasion of the 2001 Japan Festival in the UK. Using traditional kinrande (gold pigments used as polychrome porcelain colouring) techniques, the artist embellished the entire surface with motifs symbolising Anglo-Japanese political and cultural relations. At the top and bottom of the outer edge of the dish are motifs inspired by medals of honour that were presented by Queen Victoria to the Japanese Prime Minister, Masayoshi Matsukata (1835-1924) in 1896. Auspicious East Asian motifs of pine, bamboo, and plum are accented in gold pigment and juxtaposed with dragons, here a symbol of the British Empire. The central motif of a warrior’s helmet represents Shimazu Yoshihiro, a powerful daimyo (military chieftain) of the Satsuma Clan (now Kagoshima prefecture). (Text by John T. Carpenter and Yoshiko Yasumura, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 19

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.