Glossary
Styles, Themes, Methods and Other Descriptions


inban-de......a printed design of pottery or porcelain decoration

iroe.......a porcelain ware decorated in colors of red, yellow, blue, green and purple over the
previously glazed and fired surface. Iroe is also called "akae" because the red color is used
predominantly

kuchibeni.....a brown color rim decoration in iron glaze

fuyo-de......a style of a shape of opening flower of fuyo (hibiscus mutabilis), deriving
from an earlier Chinese Kraak ware design

kamakizu....a factory flaw  and damage repair done during process at kilns often seen
on the  old porcelains

kinran-de........akae or iroe porcelain decorated in gold which mostly indicates the export ware
during the Edo period

meato...........meato marks are marks left on kodai (foot base) of the vessel by using under
props usually made of small clay balls to support each of them stacked together in the oven
during firing

nishikide.........akae or iroe  porcelain decorated with various colors and gold mostly for
Japanese domestic market in the Edo period

rinka .............shape resembling a flower with scalloped rims and fluted sides

shonzui .......blue & white porcelain ware made by Jingdezhen kiln in China in the late Ming
Dynasty (1368-1644) mainly for the export to Japan. Its distinctive style consists
of sections in geometric patterns as well as traditional sansui scenes.

somenishiki.......polychorome porcelain combined with under glaze blue decoration

sometsuke......high fired porcelain ware decorated with hand painted designs in under glaze
blue

sumihajiki.......dye resist method using sumi ink

yokoku.........relief design
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