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  • Museum Accession No.: EA2000.5
  • Catalogue No.: 184B
  • Object type: Pair of figures of a stag and a doe
  • Kiln/Location: Kakiemon style, Arita
  • Period/Date: c. 1680
  • Dimensions: Stag: H. 17.3 cm, L. 20.5 cm, Doe: H. 15 cm, L. 20.5 cm
  • Provenance: Anonymous gift
  • Description: Each figure reclining, the stag with its head thrown back and with open mouth, as if alling, the doe with the head turned to the right, the legs tucked underneath. The stag with blue backbone stripe, blue cheek outlines and with green chin and facial lines, the body spotted in blue and green on a pinkish iron wash. The doe with red hair-markings on body, face and neck and with blue spots and black flecks on a pale pinkish iron wash.

    The stag greatly resembles that sold from Burghley House in 1959, illustrated by Jenyns, 1965, pl. 63A. This, and the doe sold with it, was almost certainly one of the '2 browne painted Staggs' listed in the 1688 inventory of Burghley House in the 'Dininge Roome', and one of the '2 large hindes' listed in Lord Exeter's 'Bedd Chamber' in the same inventory. See Impey, 2002, fig. 10. The deer represented would be the Sika deer, native to Japan.

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  • Illustrated: Impey, (forthcoming), 2002
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