This Japanese Kutani 九谷焼 moriage decorated porcelain ornament or statue is made in the motif of Fukurokuju 福禄寿 the God of Happiness. He is sure to put a small on anyone's face. He is highly decorated and the moriage is extremely colorful with lots of gold. This Kutani ornament is only the second one like this so bright and colorful that we have seen making me think he is probably made in the late 20th century. He is highly decorated with overglaze enamels and highly glazed. He is quite detailed and just gorgeous. His eyes are smiling back at you. If you look closely, the potter even gave him so zits on this big bald head. That is one thing I most love and appreciate about Japan is the sense of humor. Glad I learned how to have one of those early in life. He is holding his staff, and his long white beard is quite fine with beautiful white glazed hair. He is at least 20 years old, per my inquiry to the seller but they were not sure of exact age. Very very colorful. He is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and virtually no surface wear. Signed on the bottom with the traditional mark of Kutani. This would make a great gift for someone that needs some happy in their life.
SIZE: Height 6 7/8 inches or 17.46 cm, Width 4 1/2 inches or 11.43 cm, Depth 4 1/2 inches or 11.43 cm Pre-packed weight 1 lbs 12 oz
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In Japan, Fukurokuju 福禄寿 from Japanese fuku, ‘happiness’; roku, ‘wealth’; and ju, ‘longevity’ is one of the Seven Lucky Gods in Japanese mythology. It is said that during his human incarnation, he was a sennin; a philosopher who could exist without eating food. Fukurokuju probably originated from an old Chinese tale about a mythical Chinese Taoist hermit sage renowned for performing miracles in the Northern Song period 960 and 1279. In China, this hermit also known as Jurōjin was thought to embody the celestial powers of the south polar star. Fukurokuju was not always included in the earliest representations of the seven in Japan. He is now, however, an established member of the Seven Lucky Gods.
He is sometimes confused with Jurōjin, another of the Several Gods of Fortune, who by some accounts is Fukurokuju's grandson and by other accounts inhabits the same body as Fukurokuju. As such, the two are often confused. Usually portrayed as bald with long whiskers, he is said to be an incarnation of the Southern Polestar. In many depictions, Fukurokuju has an abnormally high forehead. The sacred book tied to his staff either contains the lifespan of every person on earth or a magical scripture. He is accompanied by a crane and a turtle, which are considered to be symbols of longevity. He is also sometimes accompanied by a black deer ancient legends say a deer turns black if it is over 2000 years old. He is the only member of the Seven Lucky Gods credited with the ability to revive the dead. This information was exerpted from WIki.
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 more 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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