A very rare Kakiemon moulded dish, ozara, in a nigoshide type porcelain body dating from the first period of the Kakiemon kiln at Nangawara. The dish is moulded with various motifs and symbols of Longevity, including, a pair of cranes, pine, bamboo, a minogame, and prunus, and a pair of precious objects an artemesin leaf combined with a flywhisk. In between the framed motifs various forms of yoraku, pendant Buddhist jewels. The dish is of twelve sided form with a barbed rim suggesting the form of lotus leaves
Shards of this particular dish have been recovered by archaeological excavation from the kiln site and are dated to the period 1660-70 see page 81 illustrations nos 121 and 122 – Kakiemon “The Whole Aspect of the Kakiemon style – special exhibition 1999 – Kyushu Ceramic Museum. Curiously examples of this dish also appear in the collection of Augustus the Strong, see illustration no 77, - Reichel, “Altjapanishes Porzellan” inventoried 1721, so presumably acquired more or less contemporaneously with its production as Private trade by the Dutch. A single example of the dish is to be found in the Shibatta collection, see Volume II no 195.
The dish measures 21.3cm in diameter, just over 8.25 inches, or seven suns, and is in good condition with the usual kiln flaws, one minute shallow flake visible from the reverse (see image No 6), no cracks or restoration. Three spur marks arranged in a triangle supporting the base. Weight 343gm.
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