A pair of Arita bowls, circa 1700-1720.

The bowls, which are 20.7cm in diameter, are of chrysanthemum form, composed of sixteen lobes. The exterior is painted in underglaze blue, iron-red, apple green, turquoise, pale aubergine, yellow, black and gilding, with two ruyi-shaped reserves, one with a man seated in a riverboat, the other with bamboo, prunus and peony growing amongst rocks, reserved on a ground of entwined flowers. The interior has a central flower spray enveloped by trailing blossom and iris and the scalloped rim is edged in gilding. A ruyi is a heart-shaped motif based upon the head of a ruyi sceptre, a Buddhist ceremonial object.



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