MIshima is the name given to a style of pottery that utilized incused or embossed lines for design, usually white over a chosen glaze color.
Most styles of Japanese pottery are named after the city where they are made, or a family name, such as Raku, Mishima pottery is named after a place that had nothing do to with its production.
Mishima is a city in Shizuoka Prefecture that boasts splendid views of Mount Fuji and is known chiefly as a gateway to Hakone and the Izu Peninsula. In older times, there was a calendar published at the Grand Shrine of Mishima who wrote in squiggly kana lines. Because the "rope curtain" designs of 15th-16th century Korean Punch'ong stoneware resembled the lines on these calendars, works of this pattern came to be known as Mishima.
The Mishima name may be 17th-century, but the style itself goes back to the Koryo Period (935-1392) when bowls decorated in this way were known as Korai-jawan or Korai tea bowls.
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