Imari porcelain is the name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyūshū. They were exported to Europe extensively from the port of Imari, Saga between latter half of 17th century and former half of 18 th century, Japanese as well as the Europeans called them Imari. In Japanese, these porcelains are also known as Arita-yaki (有田焼). Imari or Arita porcelain has been produced continuously until present date.
These two bowls were used for rice and are decorated with blue patterns on a white background (this is known as sometsuke). A poem is inscribed on two sides of each bowl. These date from the late Edo era, so were made around 1850
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