This vintage Satsuma Stoneware pottery is in the motif of a water pail called Mizu- baketsu in Japanese. As one would expect is handmade and hand painted. The water bucket is used often as symbolism in Japanese arts. It symbolizes carrying water from the well in old times. Japanese mythology embraces agriculturally based folk religion, and many of these stories are based on the water bucket or pail. The Mizu- baketsu or water pail is used often as symbolism in Japanese arts. It symbolizes carrying water from the well in old times. Japanese mythology embraces agriculturally based folk religion, and many of these stories are based around the water bucket or pail. The oldest documented water pales or buckets were made of wood or clay. The seller I purchased it from told me it was a Meiji period antique. We think it is possibly a little newer but we could be wrong!- maybe a little earlier in the 20th, possibly Taisho through mid- Showa era (for example . It is in good vintage condition, no cracks or chips and minor expected surface wear to the paint. It is not artist signed but many old pieces are not. You can read more below about Satsuma, in many good books, and in some reliable websites..
SIZE: Height 7 1/2" or 19.05 cm, Diameter 4 inches or 10.16 cm
Satsuma ware, Satsuma-yaki 薩摩焼
Satsuma porcelains were mainly produced in and around the city of Kagoshima in Kyushu. Wares of this type are finished in ivory lustre with fine crackles. They have a picture of a number of artisans sitting at the traditional low Japanese tables hand painting vases
Satsuma ware sometimes referred to as Satsuma porcelain is a type of Japanese earthenware pottery, so a misnomer and saIt originated in the late 16th century, during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, and is still produced today. Although the term can be used to describe a variety of types of pottery, the best-known type of Satsuma ware has a soft, ivory-colored, crackled glaze with elaborate polychrome and gold decorations.
Satsuma ware originated when the Shimazu of the Satsuma domain in southern Kyūshū relocated skilled Korean potters after Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Japanese Invasions of Korea to establish a local pottery industry. Later, after display at an international exhibition in Paris in 1867, it proved popular as an export to Europe and Western Countries.