A large polychrome 'Zhangzhou' 'Arhat' dish, Late Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's.
the steep gently rounded sides with a slightly everted, lipped rim, brightly painted with red, green and turquoise enamels, the center depicting the arhat Pindola, a magic ring in each hand, taming a menacing tiger, above him, another arhat, Nantimitolo, raising aloft a powerful spiritual pearl which subdues the dragon, the cavetto with alternating flowers and pagodas, the base with concentric iron-red lines at the rim and foot, Japanese wood box. Diameter 15 1/4 in., 38.8 cm
Notes: A dish of similar design is illustrated in Toji Taikei, vol. 45, Tokyo, 1976, no. 57. Another in the Victoria and Albert Museum is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, Victoria and Albert Museum, vol. 6, Tokyo, 1976, fig. 174. A related dish with a simpler border sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 20th November 1984, lot 342. A similar dish sold recently in our London rooms 5th November 2014, lot 102.
Sotheby's. Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gor – Ceramics, New York, 17 mars 2015, 10:00 AM