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Iron Painted and Blue-and-White Decoration


Pottery decorated with brown iron pigment is called tetsu-e, “iron painted.” This technique is used on a variety of pottery, including “horse’s eye” plates and oil plates. Another technique, blue-and-white decoration with cobalt pigment was used on bowls and tea cups from the first half of the 19th century.

The style of pottery fired at Hongyogama is more compatible with brown iron decoration than blue cobalt.


One of the main decorative motifs featured a tree trunk or branches painted in brown iron, with the leaves in cobalt blue.


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