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    Posted 3 years ago

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    I recently purchased this dish.
    It measures just over 8ins.It has 8 holes around the circumference.
    The main background colour is bronze.The raised decoration is picked out in a slightly silver colour.
    It weighs 524g.The back has 3 raised feet.
    It seems to depict tea pickers.The bushes are under some form of cover.
    Whilst it is finely cast it does not appear to bear any signature.
    It appears to be Japanese.
    All thoughts or comments gratefully received!

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    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      picking oranges? to put in the bowl?
    2. Vivid Vivid, 3 years ago
      I think you may be right. Apparently oranges come into season in Japan (where the climate permits) in early winter.The covers presumably giving some protection from any frost.Thank you for that.
      Any thoughts on age?
    3. lisali1919 lisali1919, 3 years ago
      It looks like early Art Deco (around 1910's) to me. It is nicely to see in the decor of the rim (cherry blossoms).
      The scenery shows classical Japanese decorative elements such as the Pine tree.
      I would go for tea, since there are no fruits in the bushes/trees, at least as far as I can see ... Furthermore the shades above the bushes could be such as for producing Matcha or Kabuse green tea.
      "The tea bushes used for Matcha are covered with nets which only allow 10 % of the light to penetrate. This means the plants develop large quantities of chlorophyll, theanine and caffeine but only few tannins." (
    4. Vivid Vivid, 3 years ago
      Thank you for your very informative input.

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