Japanese vintage okimono or figurine of a snake on a tea bowl was made by the Japanese Potter Ken Ogura. He is very famous in Japan. It depicts a snake slithering across the top of a tea bowl. 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 in the home. It makes a wonderful decorative item in any space.
It appears to be pottery of Bizen yaki, although I neglected to ask the seller from Japan, I just assumed. However, neither Bizen yaki or Kyoto fall in the region of Kyogo prefecture where he was awarded as Cultural Merit mentioned below. so it is 'safe to say it is 'made in the Bizen yaki style' or method until I find more. The name of the potter is very familiar but will need to ask for some help from someone who reads the language as I have not yet found any information. Please see our other Bizen-yaki.
It does come with the tomobako, or the box made especially for the item. It is signed by the potter with the name of the piece and I will need to confirm the rest of the written portion.
Ir is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. It is about 40 years old according to the seller, the potter Ken Ogura was born in 1942, so that would date it to the late Showa period. I do know that Ken Ogura was a First Class Potter and was awarded many awards. He was accepted at the Nitten Exhibition 14 times. In addition, he won the award for Cultural Merit of Hyogo prefecture in 2003.
There is a lot of information about the Japanese or Chinese Zodiac for the 'year of the Snake' available which occurred every 12 years in the 20th century.
Size: Width 77 inches or 19.5 cm, Height 5.8 inches or 14.7 cm, Depth 1.6 inches or 4.0 cm. Weight is currently an estimate only, please email me through store if I have not updated it.