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Ko Imari Byobu-zu Square Dish 18th Century

Ko Imari Byobu-zu Square Dish 18th Century

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1800: Item # 1368678

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The dish has an unusual square form with indented corners and a raised almost vertical rim which suggests that it was probably intended to be used for the serving of sashimi, sliced raw fish. This type of dish is described in Japanese as a shihou-sumioshi sara. By the late Mid Edo period sashimi had been growing in popularity being prepared by professional chefs, and was served both in aristocratic and in wealthy households and Ryokan. The somewhat surreal landscape contains a pair of Cranes, Tsuru, with Ume, Japanese apricots, and, take, bamboo, and a Rokkyoku byōbu, a six panelled folding screen, partially closed, to reveal a view of Fuji san and the Pine groves of Miho to complete the auspicious triumvirate of the Three Friends of Winter within the composition. The border both to the exterior and interior of the rim is painted with a classic, almost Vitruvian style wave pattern of Chinese origin, and the reverse of the dish finished with a continuous lotus, karakusa, arabesque. The dish dates to the late mid Edo period circa 1750-80 and was produced at the Kakiemon related Higuchi kiln in the Nangawara valley at Arita. It measures approximately 21cm in diameter or 7 suns and is in excellent condition no cracks, chips or restoration. Worldwide shipping is included within the $ price and UK shipping within the £ sterling price. A pair if required are available. £120 - $180