This fine antique Tanba Ware Otafuku is one of my favorite motifs in an okimono. This piece is adorable with her little fat face, as the seller from Japan called it. Otafuku is known as the Japanese deity of joy and happiness, see more below. She has a wonderful patina, and the aging wear is beautiful. She was very well made by a talented pottery artist. This Tanba ware piece is 100 years old dating to the late Meiji period, 1868-1912. Tanba ware is the pottery of the Hyogo prefecture of Japan. It is one of the six oldest potteries of Japan known Rokkoyo. There are no damages, cracks or chips. This is a nice size okimono of Otafuku.
SIZE: Height 8.4" or 21.33 cm, Width 4.9" or 12.44 cm, Depth 3.7" or 9.39 cm
Please see our other okimono and ornaments in the store, by many different makers, ages, sizes, motif, and color; with always more to come. They are found in several different categories ; probably the easiest way to find them all at once is to search 'okimono' or statue in the Top Center of the pages inside of our store! There is currently not a category for Bizen ware or Bizenyaki and we have quite a few so they are scattered all over the place!
Otafuku is seen in all mediums of Japanese art. She is every woman, a source of generosity, a fertility symbol; her essence is goodwill, affirmation, and delight, and she is thought to bestow pleasure, success, and well-being, and to grant wishes. Otafuku literally means Much Good Fortune. Otafuku represents a lovely, always smiling Japanese woman who brings happiness and good fortune to any man she marries. She is also known as the Goddess of Mirth. Otafuku is often seen paired with her companion Hakuin, and several of the other deities. In some stories, she is the wife of Fukusuke. A book was published in 2005 called 'Otafuku The Joys of Japan'. which received very high reviews.
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