A rectangular Satsuma tray designed with canted corners and exquisite kiku border. Parading diagonally across its surface, a group of animated children play instruments and flutter banners in the air. The leader of the group wears a fox mask and waves an open fan. (Foxes are prominent figures in Japanese folklore often represented either as innocent or sly. They can be seen as guardians of Inari, the god of fertility and agriculture, or as creatures given to protean behavior. Fox wedding processionals, also are popular subjects.) This small Satsuma tray by one of the finest Satsuma artists is in excellent condition and will be a lovely contribution to any Satsuma collection. Seikozan gilt signature cartouche on base.
Length: 5”, width: 3.5
Meiji Period, Japan