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Shallow bowl with polychrome overglaze enamel design of Hotei (Pu-t'ai). Ko-Kotani ware.

Edo period (17th century)
Top diameter: 32.4cm; bottom diameter, 18.7cm; height, 5.9cm
ISHIKAWA PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART

It is not only one of the polychrome overglaze enamel Ko-Kokutani masterpieces, but also particularly excellent as a piece with the design of a person and famous for it. The shape is a round bowl with a brim edge slanting up a little. There are very few Ko-Kotani works of this kind left. Inside of the round window was drawn the design of Hotei with a barnyard grass, which is witty and unconventional. Mostly colored in yellow and green and only the barnyard grass dotted in red, it seems to have more than three colors. No hesitation is seen in brush work, which is soft and carefree. It is said that Hisasumi Morikage, who was in Kaga clan those days, drew a rough sketch but the details are uncertain.
(ISHIKAWA PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART Book of fine arts/ISHIKAWA PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART)


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