Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Plate with Japanese court woman and birds

Date:
1710–30
Culture:
Japanese, for European market
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Imari type)
Dimensions:
Diameter: 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.139
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The design of an elegant court woman in a garden is one of the few export motifs that is uniquely Japanese. This design was inspired by the fifth chapter of the famed Tale of Genji, in which the young protagonist peeks at a lady as she is releasing a bird from a cage. Written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu (ca. 973–1014), this novel recounts the life, tumultuous loves, and caddish behavior of Prince Genji.
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)
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