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Porcelain plate with design of tiger

1650/1679

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

The tiger and bamboo are often depicted together in Japanese art, symbolizing complementary aspects of strength. The tiger has aggressive strength, while the gentle bamboo will bend but not break. This beast with its wide eyes and long vigorously waving tail has a somewhat playful air.

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  • Title: Porcelain plate with design of tiger
  • Date Created: 1650/1679
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 22.50cm; Height: 3.40cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: glazed; underglazed
  • Subject: animal; bamboo
  • Registration number: 1997,0121.13
  • Production place: Made in Arita
  • Period/culture: Edo Period
  • Material: porcelain
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Shibata, Akihiko

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