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Japanese Kyo- yaki 京焼き Pottery Ornament or Statue of 'Three Wise Monkeys' by Potter Genji Nishimura 源氏西村
This Japanese Pottery Ornament or Statue of 'Three Wise Monkeys' 三猿 is great. It is a rendition of the three monkeys who 'Hear no evil, Speak no evil, and See no evil'. Kyo- yaki 京焼き or Kyoto pottery is one many of us are familiar with, being a name we often see associated with the largest number of potter families with contemporary potters and galleries in a city. and a source of much the contemporary artists and pottery from Japan. Famous potter Genji Nishimura 源氏西村 is from Kyoto, He is well known in Japan, has won many awards and been entered in the Kyoten and other such shows and competitions. I have seen many renditions of the three wise guys and without a doubt, this one is going down as one of my all-time favorites.
This piece is well done and from the hands of a talented artist. This can be seen in the monkeys and their shape which have great form. The casual lanky monkeys have great sullen expressions. It is a well-proportioned piece and very nicely made. They are of course hand-formed, then hand-glazed with a brown glaze which is then rubbed with gold glaze in spots. The bottom is also glazed for protection and the potter has used his stamp in the bottom of it. It is in excellent new condition being about 20 years old. It comes with the original tomobako which is the box made especially for storing or shipping the piece, which is also good for the value. While they do not appear to have a website it also comes with the biography sheet for the potter which appears to be a lot of information and may be translated with a translation scanning app. We were at least able to confirm the name and basics, we Thank you Jamie Anderson and Yoshio san for helping me with this potter name and information.
SIZES: Width 6.29 inches or 16cm, Height 3.54 inches or 9 cm, Depth 2.75 inches or 7 cm
Brief History of the 'Three Wise Monkeys' 三猿
The source that popularized the 'Three Wise Monkeys' 三猿 is a 17th-century carving over a door of the famous Tōshō-gū shrine in Nikkō, Japan. The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, Kikazaru, covering his ears, and Iwazaru, covering his mouth. We grew up with our parents teaching us this proverb drilled into our heads, but I did not remember that their background history was a Japanese one. The monkeys are Japanese macaques, a common species in Japan.There are various meanings ascribed to the monkeys by country and the proverb including associations with being of good mind, speech and action. In the Western world, the phrase is often used to refer to those who deal with impropriety by turning a blind eye. The carvings at Toshogu Shrine were carved by Hidari Jingoro, and believed to have incorporated Confucius’s Code of Conduct, using the monkey as a way to depict man’s life cycle. See the rest of the above story on Wiki.
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