A rather curious dish produced at the Shida kiln in Arita made for the Japanese domestic market that contains a rebus and the mon for the famous Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo V, who was described as having the eye balls of a fresh Lobster from his characteristic wide eyed acting performances.
It was presumably made for sale as a souvenir at the theatre. The design contains a rebus on his adopted name Ebizo, Ebi, a shrimp or lobster, and the three square rice boxes or measures, are representations of the Ichikawa families “Mimasu” mon.
The dish measures 16.2cm or 6.4 inches in diameter and is 2cm or 0.75 inches high to the rim. The dish is of scalloped rim form, kikugata, and as is typical of the Shida kiln it has a lighter white coloured slip applied to the front of the dish, as evidenced by the trails of white.
slip to the reverse of the dish. There are three spurs in a triangular formation supporting the centre of the underside of the dish. The dish is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or restoration. Stylistically the dish dates to the early 19th century circa 1820-40. Shipping at Cost.