A small Kakiemon footed dish, Japanese, late 17th Century.

The centre is painted with a phoenix, or ho-o bird, whose extensive tail completes a double circle.

The wide scalloped rim is decorated with scrolling lotus; the design executed in enamels of the Kakiemon palette, excluding yellow.

The dish is supported on three small bracket feet, 13cm in diameter.

The phoenix was thought to be a bird of exceptionally good augury, its appearance a sign that both nature and human affairs were in benign order.


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