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This Japanese Antique Bizen Pottery Statue Ornament of a Dog or Puppy is an old one, it dates to the early 20 century. He is absolutely adorable made in the popular unglazed Bizen pottery. He is hand formed and made with carved details by a talented Bizen artist. He has great form and a great facial expression that just beckons to pick him up. His hair is carved all over in a natural flow. He is just adorable and realistic from his head to his toes, even his toenails!. He sports a nice collar with a bow tie on the back, or a bow for a she. He is in excellent condition with no cracks. chips or missing pieces. He is a beautiful Bizen puppy with a wonderful red and brown color with very nice aged patina. It is inscribed on the bottom by the artist, we are working on finding the mark as a kiln or artist name and for some assistance with it.
Size: Length and Height both 5.57 inches or 14.3 cm, Width 3.7 inches or 9.4 cm, Weight 655 gram or 1.4 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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Japanese Antique Bizen Pottery Statue Ornament of a Puppy
$112 USD SOLD
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