Japanese Arita Ware or Kraak porcelain plate with packaging with the emblem of the Dutch East India Company VOC Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie on display in Dejima Nagasaki.
Japanese porcelain plates with the emblem of the Dutch East India Company VOC Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie. Edo period (1615-1868), packed for shipping. This is on display in Nagasaki Dejima Museum. During most of the Edo period, the Dutch were the only Europeans allowed to trade with Japan. Initially from a trading post on Hirado the VOC was forced to move to Nagasaki after the expulsion of the Portuguese in 1639. From 1641 on till 1847 they were confined to the small man-made island of Dejima, Decima or Deshima, in the harbor of Nagasaki. After the fall of the Ming dynasty in 1644 the original source of this Kraak Ware was closed off and from then on the Dutch acquired Japanese porcelain in the same style, mostly from Arita. Later it would be produced in Delft and Friesland too and it would develop into the Delftware we've come to know. These dishes inscribed VOC were not for trading but intended only for officers of the Dutch East India Company.