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Early Imari barber bowl


Item code : EDC010

Size 27.5 cm diam.
Date Edo (1615 - 1868)


Late 18th century Imari barber's bowl typically decorated with a vase of flowers on a veranda. The open section was meant to be placed against the neck. A string was thread through the two holes on the opposite side, then put around the neck to support the bowl. Those type of bowls were produced from the late 17th to mid 18th century exclusively for the Dutch market. At that time many barbers were also surgeons, and so the bowl might have been used for laryngological and dentistry procedures. That’s why they are sometimes referred to as the bleeding barber bowls. These products are extremely rare to come by nowadays.


Condition : Excellent       Impression : Excellent
Very good.