Porcelain plate with design of tiger
From Arita, Japan
Edo period, AD 1650-1670s
The tiger and bamboo are often depicted together in Japanese art, symbolizing complementary aspects of strength. The tiger has aggressive strength, while the gentle bamboo will bend but not break. This beast with its wide eyes and long vigorously waving tail has a somewhat playful air.
Asia JA 1997.1-21.13
Gift of Mr. Akihiko Shibata