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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1978.683
  • Catalogue No.: 75
  • Object type: Bowl
  • Kiln/Location: Kakiemon, Arita
  • Period/Date: 1670-90
  • Dimensions: H. 13.3 cm, D. 32.5 cm
  • Provenance: Reitlinger gift
  • Description: Large bowl. Rounded sides, straight foot, deeply recessed. Thin greenish glaze. Overglaze enamels in Kakiemon palette. Central design of dragon chasing a fiery pearl, forming a ring with itself. On inner sides, two facing designs of black and red banded hedges and rocks, from which grow prunus and bamboo on one side, flowering plants on the other, a tiger in between on one side. The exterior with two identical spreading branches of camellia.

    A virtually identical large bowl is in the Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen. Another bowl of comparable size and decoration, but with an everted rim, in the Rockefeller Collection, was exhibited in the City Art Museum, St Louis, and in the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City in 1970, (Cleveland, 1970, no. 91). The only larger recorded Kakiemon bowl, that in Dresden, with a diameterof 43.7 cm, appears to be somewhat earlier (Reichel, 1981, no. 23).

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