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

Dish with tiger and bamboo

Date:
ca. 1720
Culture:
Japanese, for European market
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)
Dimensions:
Diameter: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.184
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.
Marking: In blue on underside: "Kiln" mark in double line square
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)