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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1978.670
  • Catalogue No.: 188
  • Object type: Figure of boy on a shogi board
  • Kiln/Location: Kakiemon style, Arita
  • Period/Date: c. 1680-1700
  • Dimensions: H. 18.4 cm, L. 12.0 cm, W. 11.0 cm
  • Provenance: Reitlinger gift
  • Description: Figure of a boy sitting on a shogi ('Japanese chess') table, holding a dog in his lap, fan(?) missing from right hand. Base hollow. Underglaze blue and Kakiemon palette with gold. Table marked out in underglaze blue. Black hair, red bib with scrolling pattern in blue, green and gold. Dog splashed with red, green and black, wears a red collar. Sides of base decorated with formal floral scrolls.

    Other versions of this figure are known: the example in Burghley House (The Burghley Porcelains, 1990, pl. 94) holds nothing in his hands; the examples in the British Museum (Porcelain Park, 1994, pl. 37) and the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, (Shibata.V, 1997, no. 62), hold a ball; the example in the Victoria and Albert Museum has two monkeys. Some models have four legs for the table (e.g. Shibata, V, 1997, no. 62), others none, as here.

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