A pair of Arita bowls, Japanese, circa 1700-1720.

The bowls are of chrysanthemum form, composed of sixteen lobes, 20.7cm in diameter.

They are painted in underglaze blue, iron-red, apple green, turquoise, pale aubergine, yellow, black and gilding.

The exteriors have two ruyi-shaped reserves, one with a man seated in a riverboat, the other with bamboo, prunus and peony growing amongst rocks, are reserved on a ground of entwined flowers.

The interiors have a central flower spray enveloped by trailing blossom and iris; the scalloped rims edged with gilding.

A ruyi is a heart-shaped motif based upon the head of a ruyi sceptre, a Buddhist ceremonial object.


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