This very lovely Japanese antique Hirado Porcelain suiteki is designed in the shape of a teapot. A suiteki or 水滴 is a vessel used as used to replenish the water of an ink stone for calligraphy. There are many artistic ones and a favorite of ours along with the kogo. This Hirado porcelain suiteki is very well made, a quality fine piece nicely hand shaped by the potter, and nicely glazed. Delicate floral patterns are molded under overglaze blue enamel on both sides of the pot. See four more close-up photos on our Facebook page in a post dated July 14. This pot is in very good 150-year-old condition dating to the late 19th century early Meiji period of 1868-1912. It has no cracks or chips and does have some minor age wear around the rim the lid. It would make an excellent gift or an addition to the calligraphist's tools, perhaps it is time to start a new hobby! The lid is developing the lovely yellow patina as do the eyes and parts of some of the Hirado okimono. It is unsigned. Please see our many other Hirado pieces for more information about Hirado and if's history. A wonderful antique Hirado suiteki, a collector's item indeed.
SIZE: Width 3.5 inches or 8.89 cm, Length 2.8 inches or 7.11 cm, Height 2.7 inches or 6.85 cm
Shodo 書道 - Calligraphy
Calligraphy is called Shodo in Japanese. A brief from the Japanese educational site of calligraphy. We have added a link to our ‘Favorites’ links which can be found on our homepage. It is a business and sells calligraphy supplies, but they are also an.eu extension site providing extensive information. Japanese calligraphy
The Japanese calligraphy or Shodo is one of the most popular fine arts of Japan. Calligraphical works are appreciated not less than products of painting. But this kind of the fine arts possesses also philosophical sense. In the simplest understanding the calligraphy is an art to write beautifully. The master creates a work of art by bamboo brush and inks on the rice paper. It transfers harmony and beauty. The parity of simple and graceful is embodied in calligraphical works as one of main principles of Japanese aesthetics wabi sabi.
There is nothing casual in Japanese calligraphy. The beginning, the direction, the form and the ending of lines, the balance between elements are important for each line and point, and even the empty space testifies about many things. The hieroglyphs are harmonious, proportional, balanced.
Hieroglyphs of happiness
The Japanese calligraphy is not only the beauty, but also the sense more complex frequently, than value of written by brush hieroglyph. Harmony and elegance of lines create not only aesthetic pleasure but transfer also thousand-year wisdom. Each line is meaningful; each movement of calligrapher’s brush creates something fine.
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