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Sharon Meredith, Austin, TX   

Japanese Rare Antique Bizen 旧備前 Ware Pottery Okimono or Statue of Bodhidharma, Dharma, DarumaJapanese Rare Antique Bizen 旧備前 Ware Pottery Okimono or Statue of Bodhidharma, Dharma, DarumaJapanese Rare Antique Bizen 旧備前 Ware Pottery Okimono or Statue of Bodhidharma, Dharma, DarumaJapanese Rare Antique Bizen 旧備前 Ware Pottery Okimono or Statue of Bodhidharma, Dharma, DarumaJapanese Rare Antique Bizen 旧備前 Ware Pottery Okimono or Statue of Bodhidharma, Dharma, DarumaJapanese Rare Antique Bizen 旧備前 Ware Pottery Okimono or Statue of Bodhidharma, Dharma, DarumaJapanese Rare Antique Bizen 旧備前 Ware Pottery Okimono or Statue of Bodhidharma, Dharma, DarumaJapanese Rare Antique Bizen 旧備前 Ware Pottery Okimono or Statue of Bodhidharma, Dharma, DarumaJapanese Rare Antique Bizen 旧備前 Ware Pottery Okimono or Statue of Bodhidharma, Dharma, Daruma

Japanese rare antique Bizen Ware Pottery Daruma in a red robe was made 'about and' between 100-120 years ago, according to our trusted dealer from Japan who actually lives in Okayama, the town where Bizen is made. He was made during the Meiji period from 1868 to 1912. He is very close to being Kyu-Bizen or old Bizen, which would be prior to the Meiji period. It is unusual to find an old bizen Dharma, and even more unusual to see Bizen ware painted in color on an antique piece. His robe is red, his whisk is white, his undergarment blue and he even has a gold earring. It is a wonderful portrayal of Dharma. Dharma is the Buddhist monk and the short name for Bodhidharma and also sometimes stated as Daruma but that name is mostly used for the rolly poly dolls, Dharma for the bearded man. He is shown here holding his 'Hossu 払子" or whisk. According to the site the 'Japanese Buddhist Statuary'; the whisk 'Overcomes ill fortune and obstacles. It is used to whisk away insects, and thus to ensure that the devotee does not slay or accidentally kill any life form. See more below about the history of Bizen Ware. This old piece is in an appropriately aged antique condition, with wear between the folds, and wear to the bottom. But, he has no cracks or chips. He has a gorgeous Bizen patina and a nice glaze. It is not signed, but it is old.

SIZE: Width: 5.29 inches or 13.43 cm, Height: 4.23 inches or 10.74 cm. Weight: 357g

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.

Kyū Bizen 旧備前 or Old Bizen ware

Bizen is the pottery of Okayama Prefecture in Japan and was chosen as one of the famous old 6 potteries, called Rokkoyo. This pottery is also one referred to as of the Wabi-sabi; the comprehensive view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, or incomplete.

Bizen ware is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable by its iron like hardness, reddish brown color, absence of glaze though there can be traces of molten ash looking like glaze, and markings resulting from wood-burning kiln firing. Bizen is named after the village of Imbe in Okayama prefecture, formerly known as Bizen province. This artwork is Japan's oldest pottery making technique, introduced in the Heian period. Bizen is one of the six remaining kilns of medieval Japan.

Bizen clay bodies have a high iron content and, traditionally, much organic matter that is unreceptive to glazing. The clay can take many forms. The surface treatments of Bizen wares are entirely dependent on yohen, or kiln effects. Pine ash produces goma, or sesame seed glaze spotting. Rice straw wrapped around pieces creates red and brown scorch marks. The placement of pieces in a kiln causes them to be fired under different conditions, with a variety of different results. Considering that one clay body and type of firing is used, the variety of results is remarkable.

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The Many Faces of Japan


Sharon Meredith
Austin, TX   

Japanese Antique and Vintage Pottery, Porcelain, Netsuke, Masks, Okimono, Tea Items, Jewelry & More!

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