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Ko Imari Shun and the Elephant Dish Meiwa c.1780
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An unusual and rare hexagonal dish painted partially in reverse style, kakiwake. The outer portion of the dish decorated with the story of the Confucian paragon Shun. The story is taken from the Neo-Confucian text on filial piety known as the “Twenty four Exemplars” by Guo Jujing, which recounts the story of Shun, whose selfless acts of filial piety brought him to the attention of the Emperor, who married his daughter to him and subsequently made him his heir. This is one of the examples of his selflessness, sent by his father to clear land in the wilderness; he is aided in his task by herds of Elephants and flocks of birds. "Herds of Elephants plough in the Spring, Flocks of birds pull the weeds; He is the heir of Yao and mounts its Throne; the spirit of filial piety moves the Heart of Heaven". The central mikomi containing a Chinese landscape with a figure of Confucius in a characteristic state of deep contemplation. The reverse of the dish painted with Chinese figures and a small seal form fuku mark. Dating Meiwa, circa 1780. The dish is in excellent condition, no cracks, chips or other damage and measures 21.5cm in diameter and is 3cm high. Shipping at Cost.


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