An Arita nagazara, long dish, of ovoid pointed form decorated with a central mikomi containing a pair of Dragons chasing each other amongst auspicious reishi form clouds. Each beneficent young dragon is depicted with bifurcated tails and clawless feet. They belong to a class of dragon known in China as Chilongs, which were particularly associated with longevity and good health and are often shown in Chinese art with a lingzhi, reishi, the life giving fungus of the Immortals in their mouths. The contrasting cavetto of the dish is decorated with a continuous band of matsu, Pine , inter-twined with shidarezakura weeping cherry and its trailing wisteria like pendant foliage. A curious but auspicious motif combining longevity with the vitality of youth. The dish dates to the early Eighteenth century circa 1700-30.
The underside of the dish decorated with the same dragons in the pursuit of precious objects, takarazushi, here represented by cash, flaming pearls and scrolls. Within the foot-ring a four character auspicious fuki chosun mark connoting a wish for a Long Life, Wealth and Youth.
It measures 23cm or just over 9 inches in length and measures 11,2Length 23cm, just over 9 inches. It is in good overall condition with a chip to the footrim (see photo no 6), no other chips, cracks or restoration. Shipping at Cost.