This Porcelain Japanese Imari bowl features a hand painted scene inspired by a woodblock print by Hokusai. The bowl is 9 3/4" diameter by 4" high. It has a high foot rim and a double ring bottom. On the outside face of the bowl are four traditional Japanese symbols. The base has a blue wave pattern and the foot has a third design. There is a blue ring in the center of the base and another along the outside rim.
The interior of the bowl is dominated by a black sail with red bamboo rigging. In the boat is a fishermen depicted without a face as done in Hokusai's prints. In the far distance the sun is setting behind a mountain (Mt. Fuji probably) and there is the auspicious symbol of a yellow bat. The scene of fisherman in a sailboat can be found in several of Hokusai's prints: "Tama River in Musashi Province, Edo; from:Thirty Views of Fuji" and fishing boats at Chosai from the series "Thousand Views of the Sea and Waterside".
The bowl dates to the late 19th century and weighs 3 1/2 lbs without packaging. It is in very good condition with no chips nor cracks nor flaking.
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