London, South Kensington
5 June 2003
A large green ground Hirado cistern and cover
the finial modelled as a seated karashishi with one paw resting upon a brocade ball, the body moulded in relief and painted in underglaze blue, white and slight brown enamels with a multitude of peony sprays and foliage, the reverse with moulded inscription, set on five shaped feet -- 25½in. (64.8cms) high, (restoration to tip of karashishi tail and minute nibble to one ear).
See Illustration and Back cover.
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