Dish with tiger and bamboo
- ca. 1720
- Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)
- Diameter: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
- Credit Line:
- The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
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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.