Japanese Vintage Pottery Red Banko Boot with Applied Playing Mice dates to mid 20th century most likely the 1950s to 1960s. It is well made and still in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips. It is stamped Made in Japan, so it was made between 1921-1940 or after 1953. The other is stamped "Made in Occupied Japan, and the black one Japan. We believe they all date to mid century, although the Made in Occupied Japan dates to the 1940s. This adorable Banko boot has great detail in the hand molded work of the boot. There is some minor paint wear and some of it is natural due to the roughness of the surface. We have two of these in red, then one other similar in black. We posted the other red boot separately as there is a little difference in the design. See more below about Banko and the other boots. Traditional Banko ware is usually from the Mie Prefecture.
Size: Length: 3 1/2" or 8.89 cms and Height: 2 1/2 or 6.35 cms"
Someone has a similar piece posted as being made for tourists for Galveston, Texas. Those are my old stomping grounds for many many years, and I can tell you that is not even correct. Do not even see the historical match or reason. I asked them where they got that information with no response.
Banko Ware is a pottery of the Mie Prefecture. The name Banko Ware comes from a merchant Nunami Rouzan in the late 18th century. He placed a seal on the pottery with the words Bankofueki, or eternity or constancy on the ceramics. He was hoping they would be handed down through countless generations. In the late 19th century, Banko Yaki became an export commodity.
In 1979, Yokkaichi Banko Ware was designated as a traditional craftwork. It is the representative local industry of Yokkaichi. Approximately 70-80% of earthen pots made in Japan are produced in Yokkaichi.
Historical information on Banko ware is quite scarce. A 17th century Tokyo potter named Banko made pottery in a unique fashion. In the late 19th century his style was revived near Nagoya and these pieces were made for export in great numbers. Its shapes and decorations are most charming and include flowers, birds, monkeys, sea creatures and human figures. This collection, which has approximately 70 whimsical pieces glazed and unglazed as well as marble ware, is one of the largest in the world.
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