Porcelain with cobalt under clear glaze and enamels over celadon glaze
H x W x D: 3.1 x 22.5 x 22.5 cm (1 1/4 x 8 7/8 x 8 7/8 in)
Higuchi or Kakiemon kiln, Nangawara, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
The dish was thrown on a potter's kickwheel and then shaped over a bisque-fired clay mold. The footrim was then trimmed. The molded ten-lobed rim is edged with iron brown and coated with green (celadon) glaze, while the interior is painted in cobalt pigment with a design of iris blooming by a stream, under a colorless transparent glaze.
Overglaze enamels are used to outline the iris and wave pattern with gold and to render an auspicious design around the celadon rim of the crane and hairy-tailed tortoise (paired symbols of longevity) and pine and bamboo.
From 1950s – 1993
Private collection, purchased in Japan in the 1950s. 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of a private collector. 
 According to the donor, object was purchased in Japan in the 1950s.
 See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
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