This Japanese Vintage Bizen-yaki or pottery of a Courageous Tiger is probably about 25-40 years old, I believe it is on the younger side. It has a beautiful color, with light patina. It was a purchase from Japan, and I have currently misplaced any history we have had about it, it is not signed. It was made by a Bizenyaki artist with very special pottery and process as discussed below. The tiger has a wonderful form and stance and is made on a stand like many of the post mid-century pieces, it appears to be slip cast made. The colors are very fine. The artist has created a sunset on the tiger's front side in gold. It is quite different than the antique piece we had, and gorgeous. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and minor surface wear only, mainly on the bottom of the stand. Please see the fine Bizenyaki colors on this brave and courageous tiger. He has a wonderful tail and back stance and is a very heavy nice sized cabinet piece. Please check the pictures and see more below about how Bizen ware is made!
Size: Length 9.5 inches or 24.13 cm, H 6.5 inches or 16.51 cm, Width 3.5 inches or 8.89 cm, Weight 1875 grams or 4.13 lbs.
Bizen ware 旧備前
Bizen-yaki is the pottery of Okayama Prefecture in Japan and was chosen as one of the famous old 6 potteries, called Rokkoyo. This pottery is also one referred to as of the Wabi-sabi; the comprehensive view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, or incomplete.
Bizen ware is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable by its iron like hardness, reddish brown color, absence of glaze though there can be traces of molten ash looking like glaze, and markings resulting from wood-burning kiln firing. Bizen is named after the village of Imbe in Okayama prefecture, formerly known as Bizen province. This artwork is Japan's oldest pottery making technique, introduced in the Heian period. Bizen is one of the six remaining kilns of medieval Japan.
Bizen clay bodies have a high iron content and, traditionally, much organic matter that is unreceptive to glazing. The clay can take many forms. The surface treatments of Bizen wares are entirely dependent on yohen, or kiln effects. Pine ash produces goma, or sesame seed glaze spotting. Rice straw wrapped around pieces creates red and brown scorch marks. The placement of pieces in a kiln causes them to be fired under different conditions, with a variety of different results. Considering that one clay body and type of firing is used, the variety of results is remarkable.
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