This is nice Arita bowl in the shape of a boat. There is a design in the bottom of the bowl of a small fishing boat with one man poling the boat forward in what must be shallow waters. A seated man is in the bow. In the distance there are small hills and, to the left, one can see a house peeking out from behind a hill.
The design is in underglaze dark cobalt blue - with lighter blue on the tip of the bow and the edge of the stern. The stern has a geometric design on it and the base is unglazed. The top edge of the sides of the boat has an interesting design of interlocking cloud type figures. The bowl measures 8" long by 5" wide at its widest and is 1" deep. It is in very good condition - just one small rim frit near the left side near the bow. We date the piece to the late Meiji period, circa 1880s - 1910. It is not signed.