A 17th Century Japanese Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Arita Kilns c.1680-1700. Decorated with Flowering Chrysanthemum.
Condition: In perfect condition. There are three firing faults, a piece of grit to the glaze on the front, also on the front is a small black mark, finally there is a small lump near the rim which is probably air that expanded in the kiln.
Chrysanthemums in Japan :
This plant is seen as expressing superior character, the light of the sun, long life and virtue. It has been used extensively in Japanese art with its origins as a design going back to early times. The sixteen petalled chrysanthemum, in a stylised form, is the crest of the imperial Japanese household.