A striking Japanese bowl, signed on the base, and with a crackle glaze finish though the crackling is not as minute as some of the 19th c. Satsuma Japanese glazes I have seen. I believe this piece probably is early 20th century and invite response which I may add to the description. The central figure is a Samurai Warrior standing on a shore, boats in the distance, attendant standing by with a standard of the warrior held high, and a pine tree overhead. Much of the costume worn by this warrior appears to be painted in gold and copper. The costume also incorporates brocaded patterns and padded ribbing so the costume itself is very substantial. It has the appearance of metal which it is supposed to simulate as the warrior is clad in armor. The bowl is approx. 11.75" in diameter and 5" high and is also decorated on the exterior as well as having a very elaborately painted rim. The signature inside the foot rim of the base is unknown to me though those who speak Japanese or study it may be familiar with the artist.