Bowl

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Period:
Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Date:
Late 19th century

Medium:
Porcelain with overglaze enamel and gilt decoration (Kutani ware), teakwood cover

Dimensions:
6 7/8 x 10 1/4 inches (17.4 x 26.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1897-190,a

Credit Line:
The General Hector Tyndale Memorial Collection, 1897

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Rakan is the Japanese name for the disciples of the Buddha, around whom a cult developed in China. The Buddha is said to have entrusted these sixteen disciples with the protection of the Buddhist law. They are frequently depicted with their identifying attributes, such as a book or a tiger. Because the Rakan were originally from India, they are often shown with exaggerated, non-Japanese features.