A Japanese Oribe glazed pottery okimono, ornament or statue of 寿老人 Jurojin of the Seven Lucky Gods. We do like to collect Jurojin, this was an unusual find in Oribe pottery, we do not get to see many okimono or ornaments by Oribe. It is a lovely Japanese vintage okimono about 30 years old. Jurojin is one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan as discussed below. Here Jurojin is very happy, and has a great expression on his face. His stance is good, his arms inside the sleeves of his kimono, and holding a scroll, one of the several things often seen as an object with Jurojin and the other gods. He is of course handmade and nicely formed. His head, hair and bead with great detail is left in natural clay of Oribe. His robe and bottom are hand glazed in nice thick Oribe glaze with lovely uneven tones. It is of a moderately but not too heavy weight. There are no cracks or chips. The bottom back has a few very small scrapes on his robe, the front bottom looks like a bubble burst in the glaze but is small. It is signed by the potter, but we do not yet know what it says, and a bit difficult to read. A wonderful and large, heavy Oribe pottery statue.
SIZE: Height: 8” or 20.32 cm, Width: 5” or 12.7 cm, Depth: 4.5" or 11.43 cm
Please see our many other okimono and statues in the store, by different makers, materials, ages, sizes, motif and color. They are found in several different categories including Fine Art, Sculptures but most in the new category under Vintage Collectibles, Decorative Arts and Okimono. The easiest way to find them all at once is to search 'okimono' or statue in the top center of the page, if one uses the box on the right you might end up in another store! More faces our found in netsuke, suiteki for calligraphy water droppers and other Japanese items.
Jurojin is the name for the Japanese God of Wisdom and Longevity. The origins is in Chinese Taoism. Jurojin is often seen with a Deer, Tortoise, Crane, or Stag. Male. God of Wisdom. Jurōjin 寿老人 is a deity from China’s Taoist pantheon. Described as a Chinese sennin 仙人 or immortal. Jurōjin is also a personification of the southern polar star or Nankyokusei 南極星. He is depicted in legends as a great lover of wine and fond of female company. Commonly shown as an old man with a long white beard carrying a knobbly staff with a scroll tied to it, on which is written the life span of all living things or, in other accounts, a record of all the good and bad deeds committed by all beings, or the book of knowledge. The deer, a symbol of longevity, typically accompanies him as a messenger, as do other long-lived animals such as the stag, crane, or tortoise. Jurōjin is often confused with Fukurokuju or another Taoist deity who is likewise a member of the Seven Lucky Gods. The two are said to inhabit the same body, hence the confusion. or Source: A to Z Photo Dictionary, Japanese Buddhist Statuary.
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