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Rare Arita Indian Sarasa Pattern Plate c.1700 No 2

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1800: Item # 1221852

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A fine quality early eighteenth century dish decorated with a rather unusual Indian “sarasa” pattern with a Buddhist theme. The design is composed of flowers arranged in columns and rows. Inset within the sarasa ground are three lobed niche like reserves each containing a Dharma singing bird, emanations of the Amitabha Buddha, that reside in the Buddha’s Pure Land paradise. The centre of the dish is decorated with a block of twelve flowers each with nine petals, which presumably has some Buddhist numerological significance. Indian Sarasa cotton chintz textiles were particularly popular and highly prized in Japan and like porcelain, both Arita and Chinese, they were marketed by the Karamono-ya. These dishes were probably commissioned and designed by them to cater for this demand. The dishes date to the early eighteenth century circa 1700-20 The dishes are of high quality porcelain probably originating from the Nangawara group of kilns. The dish measures 19.5cm in diameter and is 3cm high to the rim and is in good condition with no cracks chips or restoration. Within the foot-ring a cursive Fuku mark within a double square and a set of four spurs in a Y shaped formation and a lotus scroll Shipping at Cost.