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Seated Female Figure
Japan, Saga Prefecture; Edo period (1615-1867), about 1670 - 1690
Porcelain painted with overglaze enamels, with traces of gold (Arita ware, Kakiemon style)
H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
Like the two standing figures also in the collection, this seated porcelain female represents the established theme of beautiful woman (bijin) prevalent in ukiyo-e paintings and prints. A high-class courtesan, she has her face painted in white makeup and her hair in an elaborate coiffure, and is dressed in sumptuously decorated, multilayered clothing (kimono), all reflecting the fashion of the Kanbun era (1661-1673). Enameled porcelain figures like this seem to have been a staple of the Kakiemon porcelain workshop, and many were exported to Europe.
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