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Bowl in the shape of a shell with crabs. Made of porcelain decorated in underglaze blue and iron brown. Hirado ware.
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- Label from exhibition at Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, June 2012:
Vessel in the form of an encrusted shell
Hirado Mikawachi kilns
Edo period, 1800-1840
This vessel may have been a type of pourer or a brush washer used for writing calligraphy. A free-moving 'pearl' rests within the small blue clam enrusted on the larger shell.
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