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(pronounced ih-MAR-ee)

Known in the Japanese culture by the name Arita-yaki, Imari is the European name for multicolored Japanese porcelain usually characterized by elaborate floral designs. These pieces were exported out of the port of Imari from the town of Arita (hence the names). The porcelain pieces made for the hungry European market utilized enamel colors over underglazes of cobalt blue and iron red, often with abundant gilding added for additional ornamentation.