Fluted Bowl with Dragon, Butterfly, and Flowers

Fluted Bowl with Dragon, Butterfly, and Flowers

early 1700s

Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze color enamels and gold (Hizen ware, Kakiemon type)

Diameter: 18.6 cm (7 5/16 in.); height: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.253



A dragon encircled by sprays of flowers and a butterfly enliven the interior of this fluted bowl. The exterior has similar decoration, with touches of gold on some petals. The flutes enhance both the visual and tactile experience; their tapered forms draw the eye from the edges inward and provide ridges for the hands.

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