Apr 6, 2006

Plate with Tiger in Bamboo

Plate with Tiger in Bamboo

c. 1700

Porcelain with overglaze color enamels (Hizen ware, Arita type)

Diameter: 21.1 cm (8 5/16 in.); Overall: 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.256



This plate expresses an effective coupling of physical form and painted ornament. The artist bent the bamboo stalks on the right and the minimal landscape below to fit the contours of the dish. The tiger is drawn in long, fluid brushstrokes and filled with yellow overglaze enamel, conveying the hairy and striped nature of a tiger’s fur.

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