National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest in honour of Allan Myers AO President of the Council of Trustees of the NGV, 2012
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Kutani wares are celebrated for their bold and vibrant colour palettes using over-glazed enamels. The shishi (lion dog) is seen to bring bountiful harvests, and its dance is believed to be a form of exorcism against disease and bad luck. Other striking features on this bowl include flowers, leaves, spirals and a typically Kutani-style luminescent green underside and yellow base.