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A Splendid Blue and White Japanese Arita porcelain dish boldly painted with a Crane and Tortoise (minogame), representative of Friendship, Devotion & Longevity


Arita kiln, Hizen province, Japan

early Edo period (late 17th century)

circa 1660-80

The white porcelain dish of circular form with a gently flared rim, the interior asymmetrically painted in fine underglaze cobalt blue tones with three auspicious symbols, a crane in flight above a perpetually-lived turtle (minogame) and a pine issuing by the partly snow-clad rockwork, the underside decorated with scrolling karakusa, a cobalt-blue circle to the base.


Measurements: 8.18 inches (20.8 cm) in diameter, 1.14 inches (2.9 cm) in height


Condition report:

In excellent original condition. Four spur-marks (kiln support marks) to the reverse; one spur-mark elongated.

A 17th century dish boldly painted with a crane & tortoise, Arita circa 1660-80


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  • Additional Information

    According to Japanese tradition, 'gtsuru wa sennen, kame wa mannen': the crane lives a thousand years, and the turtle ten thousand years. These auspicious symbols of longevity are seen as bearers of good fortune and long-lasting friendship or devotion; the crane having only one partner for life. The tortoise is also The Guardian of the North and represents winter; this dish bearing a snowy bank beneath a pine tree.

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