The porcelain of Ishikawa Prefecture. One of the first overglaze porcelain wares in Japan.
The Ko-Kutani style of porcelain is said to have originated in 1655, when a kiln was built in the village of Kutani, in the domain of the Daishoji clan (present-day Yamanaka-Onsen-Kutani-machi, Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture).
The distinctive characteristics of Ko-Kutani are in its overglaze painting techniques. The design and composition are remarkable, as are the strong lines, and bold colors used in the decoration.
The artistry of Ko-Kutani ware is highly praised both in Japan and overseas.