Satsuma ware (薩摩焼 satsuma-yaki), sometimes referred to as "Satsuma porcelain", is a type of Japanese earthenware pottery. It originated in the late 16th century, during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, and is still produced today. Although the term can be used to describe a variety of types of pottery, the best known type of Satsuma ware has a soft, ivory-colored, crackled glaze with elaborate polychrome and gold decorations.[citation needed]

Satsuma ware originated when the Shimazu prince of the Satsuma domain in southern Kyūshū abducted skilled Korean potters after Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Japanese Invasions of Korea to establish a local pottery industry.[1][2][3] After display at the international exhibition in Paris in 1867, it proved popular as an export to Europe.


  1. Purple Tigress (August 11, 2005). Review: Brighter than Gold - A Japanese Ceramic Tradition Formed by Foreign Aesthetics. BC Culture. Retrieved on 2008-01-10.
  2. Muromachi period, 1392-1573. Metropolitan Museum of Art (October 2002). Retrieved on 2008-01-10. “1596 Toyotomi Hideyoshi invades Korea for the second time. In addition to brutal killing and widespread destruction, large numbers of Korean craftsmen are abducted and transported to Japan. Skillful Korean potters play a crucial role in establishing such new pottery types as Satsuma, Arita, and Hagi ware in Japan. The invasion ends with the sudden death of Hideyoshi.”
  3. John Stewart Bowman (2002). Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture. Columbia University Press. p. 170p. ISBN 0231110049. 

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