Dish with dragon, Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type), Japanese, for European market

Dish with dragon

Date:
1680–1700
Culture:
Japanese, for European market
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)
Dimensions:
Diameter: 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.175
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
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.
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)