Posted by: softypapa | January 21, 2008

Vintage Japanese Plate – Carp Fish Koi Sara River Water

Vintage Japanese Plate Carp Fish Koi Sara River Water Tokaido Softypapa

Vintage Japanese Plate Carp Fish Koi Sara River Water Tokaido Softypapa

Vintage Japanese Plate Carp Fish Koi Sara River Water Tokaido Softypapa

Vintage Japanese Plate Carp Fish Koi Sara River Water Tokaido Softypapa

Vintage Japanese Plate Carp Fish Koi Sara River Water Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Beautiful Japanese plate decorated with the painted image of a blue carp fish.  Carp are called koi in Japan where they are admired not only for their ability to beautify the otherwise austere Japanese garden in koi ponds, but also for their famed strength and tenacity.  Asian philosophers are fond of noting that the carp will always battle his way upstream, overcoming incredible obstacles and dangers.  One ancient Chinese legend even tells of a carp fish which was transformed into a celestial dragon after reaching the fountainhead of a famous river.

About the Listed Item

This vintage Japanese plate (sara) dates from the mid to late Showa period (1926-1989) and is in fair condition with marks, scratches and small chips from handling.  The plate also has a crack which may in fact be a flaw from the firing process and the plate also wears a darkened patina of age.

Size:
Height: 1.6 inches (4.0 centimeters)
Diameter: 9.0 inches (23.0 centimeters)
Weight: 22.6 ounces (645 grams)

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item code: R1S7-0003421
ship code: G6

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