A pair of octagonal plates, late 17th Century.

The plates are decorated with the ‘Hob-in-the-Well’ pattern in the Kakiemon palette. The scene depicts the youthful initiative of the 11th Century Chinese statesman Sima Guang who rescued a drowning friend from a massive water jar by smashing it with a rock. To the left, Sima Guang is seen hurling the rock, whilst a third friend pulls their companion from the now broken pot as a stream of water flows from it; on the extreme right are lotus and bamboo stalks, 24cm diameter.


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