This Japanese Kutani porcelain okimono or ornament is the artist’s lovely depiction of Kannon or the Goddess of Mercy. Okimono 置物 is a Japanese term meaning 'ornament for display,objet d'art, decorative object', typically displayed in a tokonoma alcove or butsudan, a Buddhist altar. This Kannon is a handmade by an artist'. She is decorated in 'mori' and heavily enameled in beautiful decorations of many traditional Kutani colors including gold. The ‘Mori’ method of decoration is thought to be what led to the word moriage. Mori style first introduced in 1924, is still made to this day. This piece was probably made in the mid-20th century during the Showa period according to the seller from Japan, She is about 50-60 years old. ‘Mori’ is an ornate textured pattern introduced by Takichi Nishi. It is often used with gold coloring on figurine as seen on this Kannon. In Kyoto, Mori style is called Ichin Style. After being painted in enamels and decorated in mori fashion, she is glazed and fired in a kiln.
She is very natural and realistic looking, her glaze is absolutely gorgeous. with many details done very well. I am not sure what the accessory is on her back that looks like a hat but it is very unusual with a satin finish which is totally different than all of the rest of the statue. She is covered in lots of gold and the big flowers with gold centers are quite lovely as is her ornamental necklace. Her feet close together under her long kimono, Kannon is dressed in her traditional kimono robe of the Kannon with the tall head covering, her hands together holding a scroll, and her head down. She is depicted in a contemplative state and solemn peaceful look. This is a beautiful and well-done artist depiction of Guanyin, Kannon, or the Goddess of Mercy. She will create a glow of pureness and spirituality in any corner she is displayed in. She is in excellent elegant Kutani condition, with no cracks or repairs She has two glaze cracks which are a totally different than a crack and 'not considered a problem' by the Japanese rating sheet we have., one on her face and one on her chest. These can be seen by expanding picture six. She is missing her right big toe and is not bothered by it. The bottom of the okimono is signed Kutani. She is a gorgeous, hand signed piece by a skilled Kutani artist.
SIZE: Height 13.74 in. or 33.63 cm, Width 4.29 in. or 10.89 cm. Prepacked weight about 1318 grams or 2 1/2 lbs. Tall, heavy doll.
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