A low small moulded bowl consisting of sixteen lobes, imitating the sixteen petals of the chrysanthemum flower, decorated in the new style enamels of the late Eighteenth century, with the figure of Bukan (Fenngan), and a Tiger. Bukan was a 9th century Chinese Buddhist Zen monk and poet. One of the so-called Four Sleepers. He is said to have arrived at the Guoqing temple riding a Tiger with an unshaven head, as he is depicted here.
These new style enamels, an opaque grey blue, a rather harsh yellow and an opaque green combined together appear on Arita porcelain at the latter end of the Eighteenth century, and seem related to the enamels used at Canton both on enamels and porcelain. The bowl dates to the late 18th century or early nineteenth century.
The reverse is decorated with stylised clouds. A feature that would tend to date the bowl to the late Eighteenth century. The interior of the base shows a round patch in the well of the bowl that has a textile pattern, presumably originally unglazed, that has been enamelled. The bowl is in good condition no cracks or chips, some wear to the enamels and gilding. The dish measures 14.5cm in diameter and stands 4.2cm high.