Japanese, Kyoto - Bowl, mid 19th century

Japanese, Kyoto

Bowl, mid 19th century

Painted and glazed porcelain, 6.7 x 12.4 cm (2 5/8 x 4 7/8 in.)


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Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection by 1915.


Inscribed (rim): A man must always be industrious; from youth study hard, and by learning attain a high position. In the morning he may be a mere farmer, but by evening he may have access to the Imperial palace. A great statesman originally did not spring from any particular seed. [translation from Chinese]
Inscribed (bottom): Ta Ming Ch’eng-hua nien chih [(made in the reign of Ch’eng-hua (1465-1487)]

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