earthenware, enamel and gilt

diameter 37.2 cm

A large earthenware plate, enamelled and gilt with numerous karako boys and an enormous caparisoned white elephant; some of the children crowded into a howdah, others seated on its back, while others balance on its tusks and further boys play around its feet. The border of millefleurs within a key-fret rim.

O. Impey, M. Fairley (eds.), Meiji No Takara: Treasures Of Imperial Japan: Ceramics Vol II, London 1995, cat. 4.

J. Earle, Splendors of Imperial Japan: Arts of the Meiji period from the Khalili Collection, London 2002, cat. 165, p. 251.