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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1990.1242
  • Catalogue No.: 72
  • Object type: Figure of dancing woman
  • Kiln/Location: Early Enamelled Ware, Arita
  • Period/Date: c. 1660-80
  • Dimensions: H. 24.0 cm
  • Provenance: Story Fund
  • Description: Figure of a dancing woman. Red, yellow, blue, green and black enamels. Left foot forward and protruding from under-kimono. Open red fan with blue cloud decoration in elongated right hand. Her uchikake (long overgarment) with red, blue and yellow chrysanthemums on green ground, under-kimono with spots and waves on a green ground. Narrow black obi (sash).

    This is one of a pair formerly at Drayton House, Northamptonshire; the other is in a private collection in America. The figure is clearly ancestral to the classic standing Kakiemon bijin figures; see Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, no. 165. It may be related to the figure of a woman formerly at the British Museum (Jenyns, 1965, fig. 55B) and to the figure of a dancing man in the Museo Duca di Martina, Naples (Ambrosio, 1984, no. 1.12).

  • Exhibited: Fukuoka, 1995, no. 51
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  • Illustrated: Hinton and Impey, 1989, pl. 21
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