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1978 Arita-yaki Cherry blossom porcelain art picture commemorating the 60th anniversary of Matsushita Electric. Framed representation of blue and rose cherry blossoms made of porcelain executed in the Arita Yake manner. Arita City, Kyushu island. Porcelain plate with the 3-D cherry blossoms mounted against a gold mat (circle pattern with 60 inside circle) sunken into gold frame with blue matting. Gold frame is mounted inside a natural colored wooden frame. Artists signature in lower right of porcelain plate in the glaze (blue).

"Your Arita-Yake Plaque"

"Around 1610, the porcelain called 'Artia-Yake' was made for the first time at the city of Arita in Kyushu Island, in Southwestern Japan. A technique for decorating the ware in various shades was later perfected by a Japanese Potter Kakiemon I. Seventeenth century 'Old Imari' porcelain made in the early days of 'Arita-Yake' technique is recognized around the world as a fine example of the ceramic art of Japan."

"In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Matsushita Electric, this porcelain plaque was specifically made in Arita using the traditional technique which involves firing at a temperature of 1,200-1,300 degrees celcius. Cherry blossoms, typical of our country's natural beauty was carefully hand-made, colored and grazed."

July 1978.


Ceramic, Artwork

Original Medium



45.5 cm x 42.5 cm x 6 cm


Arita City, Kyushu Island, Japan

Date Information

July 1978

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Original Collection

Mike Mansfield Collection, Mss 65, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.

Holding Repository

University of Montana, Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Image Credit

Image credit: Micaela Connolly, University of Montana

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