This is a Japanese vintage Tanba Ware pottery okimono or ornament of a Kagura monkey. Kagura or the 'god-entertainment' is a Japanese word referring to a specific type of Shinto theatrical dance, with roots arguably predating those of Noh theater. Tanba Ware originated approximately 800 years ago and has played an essential role in people's daily lives, as well as becoming sought after as artwork in recent years. Its distinguishing feature is its simplicity and absence of decorative flourishes. It consists mainly of tableware made for daily use, made with a view to being a part of daily life. Practical knowledge about daily life was drawn on in making Tanba-yaki pottery, so that the finished product is easy to use, and to the touch imparts a sense of the warmth of the earth and of the people.
This large statue is dressed as a Sambosa and holding the accessories representing the motif, please see more below. He is handmade and hand formed or made by 'tebineri', with great detail by a potter. It is glazed enameled ceramic ware with great design and great character. The monkey is holding a fan and a noise shaker. The fan has the sun for the land of the rising sun, and a sprig of pine, very New years' ish. His great black hat is highlighted in gold. It is in very good condition with cracks or chips. There is minor age wear to the surface. Often, when animal ornaments are made in Japan they are made to represent the Japanese zodiac. If you were born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, or 2016, you were born in the year of the monkey! In Japan, it is called 'Dainichi Nyorai 申'.There are a few spots of glaze loss on ear and fingers just due to his age, we think it was most likely made in the 1968 year of the monkey. I do not recall why we do not have a picture of the bottom, or if it is signed. We also have a similar one made by the famous Rokubei kiln. It is a purchase from Osaka, Japan; of lovely Tanba Ware pottery. A great monkey okimono of handmade Japanese ceramics. He is a good size okimono:
SIZE: Length 6.7" or 17.2cm, Width 4" or 10.3 cm, Height 7" or 18 cm
Please see our other okimono and ornament in the store, by different makers, ages, sizes, motif and color. They are found in several different categories including Decorative Arts in both Vintage and Antiques, Fine Art, Sculptures; and the easiest way to find them all at once is to search 'okimono' in the top Center search box using the word 'okimono'.
Kagura, or god-entertainment is a Japanese word referring to a specific type of Shinto theatrical dance—with roots arguably predating those of Noh. Kagura is a Japanese word referring to a specific type of Shinto theatrical dance Once strictly a ceremonial art derived from kami'gakari written 神懸, かみがかり, and chinkon 鎮魂, ちんこん. Kagura has evolved in many directions over the span of a millennium. Today it is very much a living tradition, with rituals tied to the rhythms of the agricultural calendar, as well as vibrant Kabuki-esque theatre, thriving primarily in parts of Shimane prefecture, and urban centers such as Hiroshima
Kagura began as sacred dances performed at the Imperial court by shrine maidens or miko who were supposedly descendants of Ame-no-Uzume. Over time, however, these mikagura, performed within the sacred and private precincts of the Imperial courts, inspired popular ritual dances, called satokagura , which, being popular forms, practiced in villages all around the country, were adapted into various other folk traditions and developed into a number of different forms. Many more variations have developed over the centuries, including some which are fairly new, and most of which have become highly secularized folk traditions. Kagura, in particular, those forms that involve storytelling or reenactment of fables, is also one of the primary influences on the Noh theatre.
Above excerpts from Wiki
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