Dish with tiger and bamboo

Japanese, for European market

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.

Dish with tiger and bamboo, Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type), Japanese, for European market

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