This fine Japanese vintage porcelain Dharma- Daruma 達磨 okimono or sculpture was made by the very famous Kyoto Master Potter Yamazaki Kouyou 山崎紅葉, about 50-60 years ago. He is all hand-made, hand formed, and hand-glazed in fine cinnabar glaze. Only his face is left unglazed. There are Daruma, which are the rolly polly style dolls, and there is Dharma. Dharma is the Buddhist monk and the short name for Bodhidharma and also sometimes stated as Daruma in a different form. Dharma is the spiritual belief in 'that which is held fast or kept, ordinance, statute, law, usage, practice, custom, duty, right' 'proper, morality, character. This Daruma has a surprised look on his face, at first I thought my lights were just too bright. Different descriptions have been found describing the facial expressions of this and other Daruma okimono, please see more at Dr. Gabi Greve Daruma blogspot to start. The Daruma statue is in excellent condition, the cinnabar glaze still thick, no scratches are seen in the pictures although some may be seen in person but not apparent. This is a large okimono. It is inscribed on the bottom with the zamei or mark of the pottery Yamazaki Kouyou or Koyo. There are no cracks or chips. His face can be lightly cleaned with warm sudsy water most likely back to its original unglazed state, this material of unfinished clay is the type that dirties easily. we are leaving that up to the buyer. This is a very fine and rare piece by a very famous Japanese potter.
SIZE: Height 9.3 inches or 23.62 cm, Width 5.3 inches or 13.46 cm, Depth 4.4 inches or 11.17 cm, Weight 1340 grams or 2.95 lbs. prepacked.
Famous Master Potter Yamazaki Kouyou 山崎紅葉
Yamazaki Kouyou, Kyoto Tradition Industrial Arts Association Founder, born 1890 and deceased 1979
Yamazaki Kouyou also known as Yamazaki Koyo 1890-1979 studied under Kiyomizu Rokubei VI, and was displayed consistently in many National and Local Exhibitions. He has been awarded four times at the Nitten, twice at the Nihon Shin Kogei Ten Japanese National New Craft Exhibition as well as the Kofukai and is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art Boston and Bern Museum of Art Switzerland among others
Yamazaki Kouyou lived until the age of 89 years old; leaving a legacy as a potter of significant artistry. His native home is Ishikawa, Japan but eventually became known as a famous potter of Kyoto along with many of the old well knowns.. He aimed at Japanese traditional painting artist, and became the pupil of Shunkyo Yamamoto. He was interested in ceramic art afterward, and he succeeded his Master's skill of burning glazes of various colors. In 1927 he was given the best prize at the American International Exposition. In 1937, he presented to the Empress Dowager a vase. In 1940 and 1941 he presented to the a Emperor and Empresse vases. In 1943 he was designated as an artist to preserve his art. In 1944 he was designated artist to preserve his skill. In 1961 he presented to the Crown Prince and Princess Michiko a vase. His name is also sometimes spelled Yamazaki Koyo. His work is great and exhibited at the Boston Museum.
Some excerpts are from the Artist history section on Artist's Profile at Kyoto ceramics or at Japanese Antiques Company Zidaiya.
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.
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