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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1983.242
  • Catalogue No.: 184
  • Object type: Water dropper
  • Kiln/Location: Kakiemon style, Arita
  • Period/Date: c. 1680
  • Dimensions: L. 12.0 cm
  • Provenance: Purchased with the aid of Friends ofThe Ashmolean
  • Description: Moulded water dropper in the shape of a duck. Mandarin drake with an open mouth, and a hole in back of his head. Imaginatively painted in strong red, blue, green and yellow enamels. Flat biscuit base with cloth impressions.

    There is a pair of mandarin ducks at Clandon Park (National Trust), collection of Mrs Gubbay, of larger size than this; the female is suitably drab, though the males are not accurately coloured (see Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, pl. 171). A drake of the same size and decoration as this is in the collection of Imaizumi Imaemon in Arita.

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