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

The wings, tail feathers and head of the hawk, which is 18.2cm in height, are detailed in underglaze blue and the rock on which it stands is washed in a lustrous brown. It is a true hawk, with short rounded wings and a broad flat tail and 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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