A barbed form dish decorated in kakiwake style with a White Elephant and Chinese Boy. The design here is not the Confucian parable of Shun and the Elephants, but one that explores a Buddhist theme. The White Elephant in Buddhism is symbolic of mental strength achieved through the practice of the Dharma. The boy figure holding a staff stares at rocks and Banana plaintain, symbols of longevity and the impermanence of life. He may be a representation of Henkitsu, the Bohisattiva Fugen. Boy avatars, and in particular Karako, Chinese boys, were a common conceit used in Japanese Art to represent more mature figures with an element of parody, such as the Eight Immortals or the Gods of Luck. The rim of the dish is decorated with various auspicious symbols, Chinese Fans, Scrolls and Clouds.
The dish is 15.6cm in diameter and stands 3.8 cm at the rim. It is in good condition without any cracks, chips or restoration. The reverse is undecorated. The dish dates to the Meiwa era and the late Eighteenth century. Shipping at Cost.