This Japanese vintage banko porcelain jubako was made by Rinzan Gama, gama meaning kiln. It is located in the famous city of ceramics, Kyoto, and this is Kyo-yaki which means Kyoto ware written 京焼き. This is a heavy piece of very nice quality porcelain, made in three-wide layers. The age as told to me Showa Retro, IMO most likely made around the 1960s, give or take a few years. It is hand decorated in overglaze enamels of a crane, pine tree, and cherry blossoms, or tsuru, matsunoki, and sakura. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. It is signed in very large kanji on the back with the name of the kiln, Rinzan 林山 gama 窯. A very beautiful Kyoto porcelain piece.
From a website in Japan, 'Taisho era Bankoware piece'. It does make sense this would be considered with the Banko ware styles. Both of these translations and pieces of information came from a very well known and knowledgeable Japanese language reader and lover of Japanese ceramics so let's just put them together!
Size: Height 9.64 inches or 24.5 cm, Square Inches 5.52 x 5.52, or 14 x 14 cm
The Crane and Peace
a Tsuru 鶴 or red-crested crane most surely speaks to our hearts in this time of our lives of the gravely needed worldwide peace. The Japanese red-crested crane is most famous as the symbol of peace and long life. They also symbolize marital love and fidelity because of these cranes; are monogamous, pairing for life, devoted mates in all seasons. That is why many festivals and events such as weddings have the '1000 cranes' represented in origami. The crane is a majestic bird that is a favorite subject in many Asian works of art. The Japanese regard the crane as a symbol of good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. After the events of September 11, 2001, the Japanese American National Museum's staff and volunteers, along with many students and visitors folded thousands of cranes, and in a gesture of support and hope for peace sent them to fire and police stations, museums, and cultural institutions throughout New York City.
Kyōto-shi 京都市 and Kyo-yaki 京焼き or Kiyomuzu yaki 清水寺
Historically known as Meaco, Kyoto most often called Kyōto-shi 京都市, is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly it was the imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto has a history of 1,200 years. Known as Heian-kyō, the Heian Period capital of Japan that has become the present-day city of Kyoto. Heian-kyō, the Heian Period capital of Japan that has become the present-day city of Kyoto.
Kyoto's population is one of many generations of families of potters including many notable and famous potters. The city of beautiful artwork is comprised of many generations of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. Some of the most modern looks, new skills, and well-known potters art are from Kyoto and known for their Kyo-yaki , and those made in the 20th century for more modern pieces. In the 17th century, in Kyoto, then Japan's cultural capital, kilns produced lead-glazed pottery like the pottery of southern China. Some of the oldest history was during the Nara era, a monk. By the end of the Edo era, because of the influence of the Chinese paintings, there were some predominant artists in the Nanga Style Paintings, such as Taiga and Gyokudo who played important roles in the emergence of two tastes in Kyoto and Kiyomizu Ware. One taste is overglaze enamels on potter. The other is porcelain added Chinese features by Eisen. Before the Muromachi era, potters, from China and Korea, developed their own techniques that affected Japanese potters. Later, some of them moved to Kyoto, the center of Japanese culture, and founded their original styles of Kyoto ware. That is why Kyoto Ware has a wide range of ceramics with the expression of regional characteristics, such as Seto, Mino, Shigaraki, Ko-Kutani, and Ko-imari.
There are many shaping techniques: hand shaping, potter’s wheel, plaster mold method of embossing, and fluid technique. Most have now switched from traditional climbing kilns for the firing, to electricity or gas. As a result and due to the many various glazing techniques brought to use by the newer generations of potters over the last 60 years or so, a new style of Kyoto Ware has emerged. It is said that Kyoto Ware is deep, for it shows the mixture of the diversified ceramic essence. Kyoto Ware is the pride of Japanese tradition.
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