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Ai Kutani Torn Fan and Bush Clover pattern Dish c.1670

Ai Kutani Torn Fan and Bush Clover pattern Dish c.1670

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1700: Item # 1330732

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A dish intended for use in the kaseki meal decorated with three ragged fans inset within an arabesque of Hagi, bushclover, one of the seven plants of Autumn, that makes up the Akikusa-de. The sensu, Japanese folded fan, was often used as a seasonal motif representing the hot and dry months of summer, so the discarded ragged appearance of the fans shows that summer has ended, and that the winds of autumn have arrived. They can be seen in a more general sense as symbols of the transience and fragility of life. An austere simple pattern that would have had some appeal to the practitioners of cha-no-yu. The reverse decorated with decorated with a simple scroll. Dating circa 1670-90. The dish measures 19.2cm in diameter and stands approximately 3.2cm at the rim. The dish is in good condition with no cracks, chips or restoration.