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Rare Edo Period Satsuma deep bowl featuring an inside painted seated Rakan & dragons - c1840

Our Price: £150.00

A rare Edo Period Satsuma deep bowl finely hand decorated featuring stylised dragons, with raised enamels, flying amongst clouds, all highlighted in gold to the outside of the bowl and a wonderful detailed and colourful hand painted study of a seated Rakan ( often referred to as the Buddhist “Saint” ) amongst birds in flight to the inside of the bowl , again with gold highlights.

The rakan (Sanskrit: arhats, 'enlightened beings'), were the original disciples of the historical Buddha and possessors of supernatural power and the wisdom of Buddha. They are traditionally represented in groups of sixteen, and sometimes five hundred. They were popular in China in the Song and Yuan dynasties, and Japanese depictions of them are often in the Chinese style.
Dating from the late Edo Period, c1840, this early Satsuma example is in overall good condition for its age but there is some gilt rubbing to the rim of the bowl and the highlights of the painted Rakan and there is a very faint hairline measuring 2cms to the side, as can be expected, but does not detract from this wonderful collectable example. (see photographs attached)

As in most early Satsuma pieces no signature appears.
  Dimensions :
  Height :3ins(8cms)
  Diameter : 4.25 ins(11cms)