A rare & fine Japanese early Edo period Ai Kakiemon dish, vividly decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with a pair of ho-o birds (phoenixes) perched upon a rocky outcrop amongst flowers and vines. The rim decorated with a scrolling bird and vine pattern.
The background displays an unusual number of stars in the sky: thirteen.
Made for export to Europe through the Dutch East India Company.
early Edo Period, Arita kiln, Japan
See 'A Complete Catalogue of the Shibata collection' for an almost identical dish, no.1545, dated to circa 1670-90.
Measurements: 21.2xm in diameter; 11.9cm footring