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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Large Bowl with Lion Dog, ca. 1660-1700
Glaze on Porcelain
5 x 21 1/2 in. (13 x 55 cm)

Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Thrown
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2016.1.69

Arita ware, Saga prefecture, Japan, Arita kilns

This remarkable piece is usually large at 21 1/2 inches in diameter. It is also unusual due to its bold, hand-painted, striking painted design of a lion dog climbing up a peony bush. The leaves of the peony plant are very expressive, with each leaf loaded with contrasting cobalt pigments. The overall design has been adapted to the contour of the interior of the bowl in an imaginative, and truly beautiful manner. It is a unique masterpiece, with no other known similar pieces.

Richard L. Mellott

Porcelain with cobalt pigment under a clear, colorless glaze

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