In Japan, as earlier in China, the mythical Phoenix was adopted as a symbol of the imperial household, particularily the empress. This mythical bird represents fire, the sun, justice, obedience, fidelity, and the southern star constellations. According to legend (mostly from China), the Hō-ō appears very rarely, and only to mark the beginning of a new era -- the birth of a virtuous ruler, for example. In other traditions, the Hō-ō appears only in peaceful and prosperous times (nesting, it is said, in paulownia trees), and hides itself when there is trouble. As the herald of a new age, the Hō-ō decends from heaven to earth to do good deeds, and then it returns to its celestial abode to await a new era. See "Phoenix". Japanese Buddhist Statuary (onmarkproductions.com/html/ho-oo-phoenix.shtml). Retrieved 2016-09-26.
Regarding mark: "Impressed mark: Yamatoku (Mountain virtue). Mark when impressed is in 'katagana' characters. Arita, Imari porcelain. On Igezara transferware plates this mark occurs mostly around 1910-20." See Jan-Erik Nilsson. "Yamatoku (Mountain virtue)". Gotheborg.com. Retrieved 2015-05-19.
|Item Condition||Pre-owned in very good condition. No cracks or chips. Minor scratches. Please see pictures.|
|Japanese Pottery Style||Arita Porcelain|
|Subject Matter||Japanese Phoenix|
|Original Box/Packaging||Not Included|
|Measure 1||12.5" (diameter) x 1.75" (height)|
|Total Weight||3 lbs 1 oz|
|Image Type||Hand Painted|