A Japanese Mikawachi 三川内 Hirado 平戸市 Ware Porcelain Fukusa or Napkin box for Tea Ceremony. According to the seller, this is a Meiji period piece from one of the old Hirado kilns. In our opinion, it is a more modern Hirado piece that now falls under Arita, although most of the kilns are still located in the Nagasaki prefecture. Regardless, it is a very nice piece. It is designed as a small napkin box for the Sencha tea ceremony, again per the seller from Japan. We have seen similar but called different things such as a tea box. It is wonderful white Hirado porcelain simply decorated with grasses. It has the design of autumn grass with blue & white Sometsuke technique. it would make a wonderful decorative small box for other items similar to our many kogo. It is signed on the bottom, either Kingou or Kintou, by the sellers interpretation of the Japanese kanji, who sounded very excited to have found the piece. It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips, please see the pictures. It does have some very light color change between the layers, this may be totally normal and can only be seen when it is together, so maybe even a shadow. An modern Hirado box dating to the late 20th century most likely between 1970's and 1980's; and that can be used for many things. An interpretation of the mark on the bottom thanks to my friend Harumi is '大元作、Daigen Saku, or made by Daigen'. Daigen has many meanings and uses in Japanese and there is a city named Daigen, it is possible that this came from a kiln in that city, or it could simply be the name of the potter.
SIZE: High 2.6" or 6.7cm, Length 1.9" or 4.9cm, Width 1.7" or 4.3cm, Weight: 123 grams or 1/4 of a pound
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