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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
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)
Artist:Date: late 17th century Accession Number: 1995.268.114a, b Date:late 17th centuryMedium:Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)Accession:1995.268.114a, bOn view in:Gallery 201