19th Century Japanese Sumida Gawa High Relief Pottery Cup. Partial flambé finish with high relief villager on tree branch. Applied porcelain insert bearing signature on ringed surface. Minor paint wear, good condition. Measures 4 1/2" H.
About Sumida Gawa pottery: Sumida Gawa pottery items were manufactured in Japan near the Sumida River (which runs through the Asakusa district of Tokyo) and were exported to Western countries between the late 1800s and 1920s. Some of the many common and popular Sumida Gawa pottery items include bowls, vases, pitchers, tea pots, jars, mugs and much more.
Sumida Gawa pottery items are typically very heavy and feature three-dimensional figures such as plants, animals, landscapes or humans, such as martial artists, peasants, pilgrims, government officials, Buddhist disciples and children.
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