An Imari Set of a Rooster and four Hens

Each bird is seated on a base modelled as a trunk or rock with issuing mushrooms and plants. The heads of the birds are mainly in shades of red with gilt beaks and black dotted eyes. Their feathers are finely incised and painted in red. The tails and wings are decorated in an array of colours including underglaze blue, iron red, green, black and gold. A corresponding colour palette is used on the bases. In 1988, sherds of figures of cockerels were found among the waste heaps of the Aka-e-machi (the enamellers’ quarter) in Arita. Similar examples, though less elaborately decorated, are on loan in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge . Another single figure of a rooster is in a private Dutch collection, again less elaborately decorated .

An Imari Set of a Rooster and four Hens
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Edo (1700-1723)
28 cm
28 cm (rooster) and 23 cm (hen)

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