This Japanese vintage Izushi-ware or yaki出石焼 pure white porcelain okimono or ornament of Kannon is the second white kannon we currently have in the store, please see the other for a comparison of your preference as they are made differently, but they are both Izushi yaki. She is the depiction of the Guanshiyin Bodhisattva. Kannon or 観音 is her name in Japan, and in each Eastern country, her name varies. She is commonly known in English as Goddess of Mercy, and in Christianity as the Virgin Mary. This lovely Kannon was also made about 40 years ago, towards the end of the Showa period in the 1980's. Okimono 置物 is a Japanese term meaning 'ornament for display or decorative object', and typically displayed in a tokonoma alcove or butsudan, a Buddhist altar. This is a handmade artist piece which has been skillfully molded and possibly slip molded.
This Izushi-yaki Kannon okimono is hand-glazed and fired. She is taller and more pure white porcelain than the other, they both are quite lovely. As most often seen, her little delicate feet are politely closed together taking the often seen small, humble and lady- like steps walking in her traditional Kannon kimono robe, her hands together, head down. She has a dreamy, thoughtful or maybe almost spiritual look on her face, the artist did a good job. She wears the often seen headdress of the Kannon, this one shorter and done a bit differently. This white porcelain is more similar to that we see in Chinese pure white porcelain yakis The Kannon kimono gown adorns her in a beautiful and well done artist depiction of Guanyin, Kannon, or the Goddess of Mercy.
See our other kannon collection for a more detailed description about what she is. She is in excellent elegant Izushi-yaki condition, with no cracks, chips or repairs. She is taller and larger than the other we have. I do not see that she is signed, the other we have is made by First Class potter Yamamoto Shuko. She will create a glow of pureness and spirituality in any corner she is displayed in and the pure white is especially perfect for this time of year, winter or the holidays.
SIZE: Height 10.2 inches or 25.90 cm, Width 3.1 inches or 7.87 cm, Depth 2.4 inches or 6.09 cm. Weight about 590 grams
Izushi-ware refers to white porcelain produced in the town of Izushi, in Hyogo Prefecture. During the 1700s kaolin was discovered in the area, resulting in an influx of craftsmen being brought in from Arita to help with production. Izushi-ware is characterized by its clean, pure white surface, as well as its elegant designs. Izushi porcelain is burned with pure white materials called Kakitani Toseki or Kakitani Pottery Stone. and its mysterious whiteness is unmatched. It is characterized by its silken texture and delicate sculpture which is produced by the potter’s polished skill. In 1980, the government of Japan designated it as a traditional handicraft. Also there are two types of glazes, transparent and matte. These days kilns mainly produce items for the tea ceremony, but they also produce a fine range of vases and okimono. Currently, four potteries not only produce Izushi ware and pass on its traditions but also they pursue collaboration with tourism industry, such as adopting painting experience on the tourist route.
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