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plate with blue fish
  • Japan
  • plate with blue fish, late 1800s–early 1900s, Meiji period (1868–1912) or Taisho period (1912–1926)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • porcelain, underglazing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 2.9 x 13.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 1/8 x 5 5/16 in
    Object Diameter: 8 cm footring diameter
    Object Diameter: 3 1/8 inch footring diameter
  • Gift of Robert A. Hiller
  • Not on display
  • 2003.0178

A thin, small dish with fish design on the interior and a shallow foot-ring on the bottom. Fish design is hand- drawn with cobalt blue and in very swift and simple brushstrokes and scattered all over the interior. Two bands of fish, outer of twelve fish and inner of eight fish, move clockwise along the rim. Inside those, five rows of fish are swimming toward a central row of four fish with two row of fish mirrored from each side. Decorated with cobalt blue under-glaze, covered with a slightly blue tint glaze.