ARITA c.1680- 1710 Japanese Porcelain

A Japanese Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Arita Kilns c.1680-1710. The Center Decorated with a Large Hō-ō Bird Curled Into a Near Circle. The Border is of Scrolling Flowers and the back is of Karakusa


In perfect condition.
Diameter : 18.5 cm (7 1/4 inches)
From an English Private Collection of Japanese and Chinese Ceramics.
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Hō-ō Bird / Ho-Ho Bird :
The Japanese Ho-o bird is type of auspicious phoenix and is similar to the Chinese Fenghuang. the Hō-ō appears only in peaceful and prosperous times (nesting, it is said, in paulownia trees), and hides itself when there is trouble. As the herald of a new age, the Hō-ō descends from heaven to earth to do good deeds, and then it returns to its celestial abode to await a new era. It is both a symbol of peace (when the bird appears) and a symbol of disharmony (when the bird disappears). The Ho-o Bird appears frequently in Japanese porcelain of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, especially in Kakiemon wares. Ho-Ho is often used when referring to English porcelain versions of these Kakiemon designs.

For a very similar Japanese porcelain plate but with a smaller Hō-ō Bird see : Complete Catalogue of Shibata Collection (Kyushu Ceramic Museum,2003) page 285, plate 2219.