An antique Japanese Kutani porcelain haisen or cup washer or pedestal bowl. Haisen are traditionally used for washing the small tea cups at the tea ceremony. On fine Kutani porcelain, different scenes are seen all the way around in underglaze of different views of the scenery in and around the famous floating torii gate in Miyajima. There are many different styles of temple gates, Torii of the myōjin family are characterized by curved lintels. with fine and highly decorative red and gold enamel borders painted around the top, center, and bottom. This particular one represents a Ryōbu torii, which is a a daiwa torii with pillars supported on both sides. That is only one scene showing part of the gate, and the others after comparing to some photographs, appear to represent different vantage points of the same area in Miyajima with thatched roof covered piers, leading us to believe the art on the entire piece represents the famous Itsukushima Shrine written 厳島神社 and it is most often called Itsukushima-jinja. It is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima more commonly known as Miyajima, in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. This shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures. Inside of the Kutani bowl is another scene exactly identical to a photograph in this same group we found on a blog called 'Japan in 365 days'; done beautifully in paler underglaze colors with a circle representing the sun. Red and gold borders with a black outline are done in overglaze enamels to the top rim, center, and on the leg of the pedestal. The rim is absolutely incredible, it looks like many small fingers were used to form its scalloped edge. This Kutani haisen dates to the early 20th Meiji period, 1868-1912. We also just recently read that haisen are used for washing sake cups from a store in Japan, although we had not read that before. In absolutely excellent condition with no cracks chips or visible wear. And the bowl is not crooked, it is just my placement on the stand I used just to take the pictures.
SIZE: Diameter of bowl 5 3/8 " or 13.65 cm, Diameter foot 3 1/4" or 8.25 cm, Height 4" or 10.16 cm
Kutani ware 九谷焼
Kutani ware is Japanese porcelain made in Kaga province and now in Ishikawa prefecture. The name Old Kutani refers to porcelain decorated with heavily applied overglaze enamels and produced in the Kaga mountain village of Kutani. The Kutani family have run as a family business since the turn of the century, with many well-known potters in the family.
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