Dish with dragon
Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)
Diam. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm.)
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
The motifs of this Kakiemon-style dish are drawn from a Chinese vocabulary of symbols and natural motifs that was widely used in Japanese decorative arts. The circular dragon at the center is a "water dragon," a salamander-like form of this imaginary beast auspiciously associated with water. The motif appears on export porcelain after the late seventeenth century.
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