The exquisite painting on the milky-white body is characteristic of the Japanese Kakiemon family of porcelain makers. Since the seventeenth century, the family – now in its fifteenth generation – has been making high-quality porcelain in Arita, the Japanese porcelain capital.
Although elephants are not indigenous to Japan, they play a key role in Buddhism as a symbol of wisdom and strength. However, our elephant was especially made for export to Europe.
- Material & Technique
- Porcelain, painting: overglaze colours in the Kakiemon style
- Japan, Hizen Province, Arita, Edo period (1603-1868), c. 1680-1700
- Inventory number
- PO 5677