This Japanese antique Kutani porcelain ornament or sculpture of a Goddess on Lion is a very fine statue. Handmade and hand formed, it dates to the turn of the century Meiji period, the era of 1868-1912. It is artisan made by a potter with great detail and covered in beautiful glazes over natural colored gray and green. It is fine with great significance. One of the Monju Bosatsu 文殊菩薩, she personifies wisdom and is one of the wisest of the Bodhisattva. She does have a missing porcelain piece on the Goddess's right sleeve from shoulder to elbow, a small piece of her gown but she is still holding her staff and priced as appropriate for this loss which is minor considering the overall rarity of the piece. Otherwise in very good condition no cracks or chips. She is one of the 16 Great Bodhisattva, please do an internet search on Monju Bosatsu for more details, there is much. A rare piece of old Kutani.
SIZE; Height 4.7 in or 11.93 cm, Width 3.1 × 5.5 in or 7.87 x 13.97cm, Weight 330 grams or 0.72 lbs
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.
There is so much information available on the internet about Kutani because it is so popular, I will leave one to their own browsing choices for Kutani information. See our Facebook page for some great videos of ancient Kutani items at the Kutani Museum by a well- known Kutani expert. There is also a great page regarding Kutani ware by the same gentleman, called The Kutani Ceramic website.
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