A figure of a boy, Japanese, 1670/90.

The figure, which is 19cm in height, is seated on a gridded table which is probably for the game of shogi, a game resembling  go, in which two players use counters to control the greater area. The figure is decorated in a combination of underglaze blue and Kakiemon colours (excluding yellow), the orange-red apron embellished with a formalised flower spray and the slab sides of the table painted with stylised lotus. The table top is marked out for the game in underglaze blue and pierced for the use of scholar’s utensils; each of the figure’s shoulders is also pierced with an aperture.


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