PLATES WITH CROSSES

Made in Japan. Many dishes and figurines as well as lacquer ware with Kirishtan symbols were made in Japan during the Kirishtan Century. Many of those made for export have survived in tact but most of the pieces made in Japan during the Momoyama Era have long since been destroyed. From the beginning of the Meiji Era porcelain and lacer pieces with Christian images were again made in Japan.

Porcelain or ceramic images of Mary and Jesus similar disguised as the Kannon goddess continued to be made for export during the Prohibition years, as well as porcelain plates, tea ware, bronzes and scrolls with secret Christian symbols, parables, or hidden Christian meaning. These pieces showed up in Europe, Mexico, or China even as late as the early 19th century and helped confirm the belief that there might be Kakure Kirishtan (sec still alive hiding somewhere in Japan. (The Catholic Church in Japan, by Joseph L. Van Hecken) Loan from The Kirishtan Museum, Kyoto


previous- return to eastern cross - next