Important Japanese Meiji Period (1868-1912) five-leaf shaped Satsuma Bowl with four main scrolls over the interior. The biggest scroll (heart-shaped) depicts a busy scene of four aristocrat women at the table with food, listening to shimuzen player, a man, two servants and two girls over the interior of the house, and a sea-scape with mountains, trees and bridge seen through the open window. The seven-leaf shaped scroll has two butterflies and blossomed bushes. The fan-shaped decorative scroll shows a table, screen, incense burner, scrolls and painting stuff. The circle-shaped scroll depicts two butterflies and flowers.
There are also nine smaller fan-shaped scrolls with various decorations.
The interior has symbolic floral decorations as well.
The exterior of the bowl has three big decorative scrolls. One scroll depicts a scene of a toy-seller with a toy-puppy and an aristocrat boy with a puppy ; there is also a man with stuff in baskets on the stick over his shoulder, and an aristocrat man with two children on the background.
The second fan-shaped scroll depicts flying birds, river, mountains and blossomed trees.
The third scroll has flower bushes with blossoms and a leaf design.
The background is decorated with Wisteria and other decorations.
The lower part of the bowl has a scene with birds above waves.
The bowl is signed by Beizan. His signature and the Shimazu cross are on the bottom of the bowl.
It is heavy by weight.
Serious collectors welcome.
10" D x 4 1/2".