This fine Bizen Ware Pottery okimono or statue of alcove size is created in the likeness of one of the most famous Japanese poets of all times named Kakinomoto Hitomaro, c. 662 – 708 or 710 C.E. He was one of the first great literary figures in Japanese history. The okimono or ornament is made with great form in good artistic detail and likeness of Kakinomoto Hitomaro. His hanfu clothing and hat is in the official court style of ancient times fashioned after the Chinese style known as 'Yuanlingshan', his long thin beard in philosopher's style. Well depicted in age appropriate dress in a jacket with wide sleeves, ballooning pants, and hat tied under his chin; he is shown resting casually with one hand on his knee and the other appropriately holding a book. The Bizen ware glaze on this piece is beautiful with very nice patina. It is signed by an unknown potter on the lower back of his gown with the Bizen name as 備前焼 inside an image of a potter's pot. It may be that one of the more historical and known kilns uses this mark, more research is needed. This piece is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or loss of glaze. Sometimes these pieces are just as much about the related history as they are about the art. An excellent Bizen-yaki okimono and a rare find for the collector.
SIZE: Height 9.2 in. or 23.37 cm, Width 7.1 in. or 18.01 cm, Length 6.7 in or 17.02 cm. Weight 1350 grams or 2.97 lbs. prepacked.
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the Great Japanese Poet Kakinomoto Hitomaro 柿本 人麻呂
by Kikuchi Yosai for New World Encyclopedia
Kakinomoto Hitomaro was one of the first great literary figures in Japanese history with many books and articles found written by and about him. He was a Japanese poet of the Nara period featured prominently in the oldest Japanese poetry anthology still in existence called 'Man'yōshū' or 'Collection of Myriad Leaves'. with several volumes. He has been revered by the Japanese since earliest times. Hitomaro lived and wrote poetry at a time when Japan was emerging from a pre-literate society into a literate and civilized one. He wrote about sophisticated new subjects and concerns with an attitude of seriousness and importance. He wrote in the two major Japanese poetic forms of his day, tanka or mijikauta meaning 'short poems', and choka or nagauta meaning 'long poems'. The Kakinomoto clan from which he derived was a noble clan of the middle class. The clan had traditionally served the court by holding religious ceremonies which included singing and the recitation of poems. As an official poet to the court of three successive rulers, Hitomaro produced a large number of works for public or political occasions, such as elegies and poems of praise and celebration. He also wrote moving personal expressions of grief, sorrow, and love. His poetry is known for its sense of humanity and empathy with nature. See more including the poems themselves the most famous include 'In the Sea of Ivy-Clothed Iwami', 'The Bay of Tsunu' and 'I Loved Her Like the Leaves', the last being my personal favorite. A drawing or painting in this article also depicts the famous poet dressed exactly as he is in this okimono. His last waka was written in 700, mourning Princess Asuka; it is surmised that he died a few years later. See more about his life, works and influences in the above-mentioned writing as well as the additional references used by the writer.
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