Porcelain with underglaze blue, iron oxide, and yellow glaze
8.1 x 18.2 cm (3 3/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
Gift of James and Christine Heusinger 2022.237
Chinese mythical animals such as dragons and qilin, deerlike creatures called kirin in Japanese, as well as motifs with magical symbolism—including clouds and fungi—were common on porcelain objects made at Jingdezhen in China during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and then exported across the world. Seifū Yohei III copied the patterns he saw on imported works to create this kind of bowl. In its strong color and bold contrast, it diverges from the subtle style for which Yohei III was most admired.
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