Early Edo Period Japanese Ode to Red Cliff Dish

Early Edo period Japanese dish depicting the classic Ode to Red Cliff poem. Iron brown, scalloped rim. Likely mid to late 17th century.

Description

Early Edo period Japanese dish depicting scene from the classic Ode to Red Cliff poem. Iron brown, scalloped rim. Likely mid to late 17th century (1650-1680). Fuku mark (upside down, sorry).

Size: 9.75 inches (24.5 cm) in diameter. 1.75 (4 cm) inches tall.  Foot rim diameter: 5.75 inches (14.5 cm).

Other observations:   The foliated rim is covered in a flat brown iron glaze.  The gilt gold outlines are of the older powdered gold type.  There is quite a bit of pitting and several iron spots in the glaze.  The under glaze blue is somewhat grayish with hints of black and green where the iron has bled in.  The glaze is thinly applied and ivory in color.  In areas where the glaze is very thin the porcelain body has burned light tan.  There are light, radial chatter marks in the base.  Finally, it is of medium potting thickness (light does penetrate) and extremely dense (feels very heavy for size).

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