A small Kakiemon footed dish, late 17th Century.

This small dish is 13cm in diameter. The centre is painted with a phoenix, or ho-o bird, whose extensive tail completes a double circle, and 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. 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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