Dish. Provenance: Japan, Arita presumably Sarugawa. Dating: Edo early, Manji-Tenwa period (1658-1683). Dish on footring with an everted rim and a glazed base. Four spur-marks in a Y-pattern on the base. Decorated in underglaze blue. In the centre a decoration a river scene with of a figure fishing and two cows standing on a bridge, a design influenced by the decor of Chinese T'ien -ch'i porcelain, which was exported to Japan. The scroll-band around the centre is characteristic of Chinese transitional ware. The reverse is divided into panels and sketchily painted. The border design shows wide and narrow panels filled with Artemisia leaves and flowering stems. According to Peter Pantzer in his book "Imari-Porzellan am Hofe der Kaiserin Maria Theresia" the figure on the dish is most likely Tai Gongwang (Jiang Ziya), a politician at the begin of the Zhou-period (11th cent. - 221 BCE). He was spotted when fishing in the river Weisui by the ruler Wen Wang, Tai Gongwang later became his teacher. He served Wen Wang and his son Wu Wang. According to this legend a decoration of a man fishing is most likely to be Tai Gongwang. On this dish the Japanese artist used a theme that Chinese export wares in the early 17th century used. According to Jörg in his book "Fine & Curious" Japanese export porcelain in Dutch Collections, this is the best known type of Japanese porcelain imitating a specific Chinese group of dishes with a "kraak" body and a panelled border, but a Transitional decoration dating to 1635-1645. Japanese dishes of this design are not rare and were made in different sizes. A large example measuring 52 cm (20.47 inch), is in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul. Dimensions: Height: 30 mm (1.18 inch), Diameter: 220 mm (8.66 inch), Diameter of footring: 119 mm (4.69 inch). Condition: Perfect. References; C.J.A. Jörg, Fine & Curious: Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, Amsterdam 2003, pp.28-29, object 9. P.L.W. Arts, Japanese porcelain, Lochem 1983, p. 41, Plate 12. P. Potzer, Imari-Porzellan am Hofe der Kaiserin Maria Theresia, Düsseldorf 2000, p.45, object 6.