A Pair of Japanese Arita Porcelain Bowls. 18th. century. Edo Period
Diam. 5 3/4 ins. (14.6 cms) These attractive bowls are decorated in enamels with the shochikubai (The Three Friends of Winter), pine, bamboo and plum. The Chinese observed that the pine, bamboo and plum do not wither as the cold days deepen into the winter season unlike many other plants. Known by them as the Three Friends of Winter, they entered the conventions of East Asian culture. Together they symbolize steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience. The design is particularly associated with the start of the Lunar New Year. The interiors are moulded in relief with Chrysanthemums.
The condition is very good, the central roundel is worn on one of the bowls and there is a minor firing fault near the lip on the same bowl.
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