This porcelain bowl and lid is an example of a type of Japanese dishware called futamono, meaning "lidded dishes." Futamono are used to keep food warm. It has eight panels featuring four types of floral designs in blue; each panel is featured twice. Distinguishable are the chrysanthemum and plum blossom; the other two panels depict unknown flowers. The designs on the lid and bowl can be aligned. The interior is white, and the dish itself is fairly thin, as is typical of porcelain.
Japanese pottery (tojiki, yakimono, or togei), one of the country's oldest art forms, dates back to the Neolithic period. Kilns have produced earthenware, pottery, stoneware, glazed pottery, glazed stoneware, porcelain, and blue-and-white ware. Many regions of the country developed their own styles, some of which may still be associated with these places today.