Painted in thick overglaze enamels with a scene of fish with human bodies brandishing sticks at a large turtle-like creature. The base in inscribed in gold enamel with a date, a four-character seal and the English name, Thomas Bigelow written in katakana script. The date reads: Meiji 39 (1906), fourth month, tenth day. It is unusual to find specifically dated porcelains and particularly with an individual western name inscribed. This item might have been part of a set ordered by Bigelow or a design furnished by him. Slight wear to the gilding on the rim and minor unevenness to the footring from the firing, but overall good condition.
Diameter: 8 ¼ in.; Height: 1 ½ in.