An Early Japanese Porcelain Leaf Shaped Dish, Arita Kilns c.1650-1660. Delicately Moulded the Dish is Painted with Sho-Chiku-Bai `Three Friends of Winter` in `Mon` Type Roundels. It has a Fuchibeni Rim (a rim dressed with brown iron oxide). The Back has a Seal-Mark in Underglaze Blue.
In good condition, two very small shallow chips to the back of the rim c.3 x 2 mm.
Length : 16.5 cm (6 1/2 inches)
From an English Private Collection of Japanese and Chinese Ceramics.
For a dish of this of this shape and possibly with the same fine moulding with the same mark see : The Catalogue of The Shibata Collections, The Exhibition (1) (Akihiko Shibata and Yuko Shibata and others, The Kyushu Ceramic Museum, 1990) page 35, plate 78.
Sho-Chiku-Bai /`Three Friends of Winter` :
The `Three Friends of Winter` are known in Japan as Sho-Chiku-Bai. These three plants, Pine, Bamboo and Prunus, signify perseverance. Neither the Pine nor the Bamboo shed their leaves in winter and the Plum flowers at the very end of the winter, heralding the arrival of spring.