An Arita figure of a hawk, Japanese, late 17th Century.

The wings, tail feathers and head are detailed in underglaze blue, whilst the rock on which it stands is washed in a lustrous brown, 18.2cm.

It is a true hawk, with short rounded wings and a broad flat tail.

It was probably originally one of a pair, as the 1688 Burghley Inventory records: ‘my Lords Dressing Rooms……China over ye Chimney….2blue & wt Birds.’

Raptor figurines were extremely popular amongst European porcelain collectors.

This one, which is hollow, has the potter’s fingerprints clearly visible inside it.


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