Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)
Diameter: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The Chinese-inspired pairing of tiger and bamboo has a long history in the Japanese decorative arts. Connotations of strength and flexibility made it a particularly popular motif for large-scale paintings for sliding wall panels in the castles of powerful feudal lords during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Marking: In blue on underside: "Kiln" mark in double line square
Date: late 17th centuryMedium: Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)Accession: 1995.268.114a, bOn view in:Gallery 201