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Square Dish with Courtier Gazing at a Waterfall Design

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Inscription

Three thousand feet of water flying headlong to the base Almost as if the Milky Way had fallen from the skies. Two lines from a poem by Li Bai. 飛流直下三千尺 疑是銀河落九天

Signed

Signed Kenzan Shô sho with seals Shôko, Tôin; Kôrin ga 乾山省書 印 尚古 陶隠 光琳畫

Provenance

By 1892, Edward Sylvester Morse; 1892, sold by Edward Sylvester Morse to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1892)

Credit Line

Morse Collection. Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Japanese, Edo period, 1710

Dimensions

Overall: 8 5/8 in. width

Accession Number

92.6736

Medium or Technique

Stoneware with underglaze and enamel decoration

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Ceremonial artifacts