A 19th Century Inban Ware Bowl: Stencil Applied Design
late nineteenth century
2 1/4" x 5 3/4" diameter, 5.5 cm x 14.5 cm diameter
Inban ware is a type of every day ceramic from old Japan that uses hand cut stencils to guide its design on to its surface: the stencils used for this purpose are very similar to those used in the katazome dyeing process, which makes Inban ware an interesting counterpart to folk textiles.
Inban ware was only produced for a narrow window of time, roughly from around 1878 to 1898.
In three places around the rim of this shallow bowl is a beautiful, simple image of butterflies frolicking amid cherry blossoms.