This Japanese antique Seiji 青磁 Celadon Nabeshima okimono of a Shishi lion was made about 120 years ago, dating to the late 19th century Meiji period of 1868-1912. Often called 'blue porcelain' in Japan, this is a very fine sculpture handmade by an artist of a foo dog with great character. It is then hand glazed in the favorite blue-green celadon glaze. This wonderful Nabeshima foo is made with great detail and beautiful handwork formed under the celadon glaze. It's head thrown back in a great growl, sharp teeth clenched with it's tongue out. Details of tufts and curls can be seen around the head, each joint of the hands and feet while guarding his ball made of criss cross handwork and beading, a border running down the middle. The porcelain covered in a sea green glaze over the hand worked detail of Nabeshima. This okimono is a nice large size. It has a kiln mark that occurred during the firing to the tail leaving it with history and character. A repair only to the bottom is not a through and through. Otherwise in excellent condition for its age and has no cracks or chips. It is heavy but please check new options. See our other Shishi Lion 獅子 or Foo Dogs 唐獅子 for history and folklore about them.
SIZE: Width 8.3" or 21.08 cm, Height 7.3" or 18.54 cm, Length 5.4 " or 13.71 cm, Weight 1780 grams or 3.92 lbs. unpacked. The shipping on this has been corrected, was over stated.
History of Nabeshima 鍋島
Nabeshima is a supreme porcelain ware manufactured at Nabeshima feudal kiln (Saga prefecture today) under strict supervision during the Edo period. It is considered that the birth of Nabeshima porcelain had aimed to stabilize the relationship with the Tokugawa shogun family and other influences by presenting them as homage instead of popular and valuable Chinese porcelain. Because Nabeshima was made as pottery for offering to the Daimyo many hundreds of years ago, the social status of owning Nabeshima pieces such as this is high, and it is very popular even now.
From the mid 17th century onward many of these opulent and often highly ornamental pieces were shipped abroad from the port of Imari, resulting in all pieces crafted in and around the area such as Arita Kakiemon and Nabeshima, being grouped together under the Imari or Arita label. Therefore, the Japanese as well as Europeans called them Imari.
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