This is an unusual old match holder with a black mammy figure seated on the front. The mammy, seated on a small ledge, is dressed in white with maroon trim and a maroon bow on her bandana. The holder has a basket weave texture and embossed flowers that are painted pink and blue. The ceramic piece could be used on a kitchen counter or hung on the wall for convenient use. Pieces of this sort were typically used to hold wooden matches, often in their box, but this is narrower than today’s standard match box. All of the color is under glaze. I believe this was made in Japan in the 1930’s or 40’s.
It measures about 5 ½” high at the back by 2 ¾” wide. It is in very nice condition with minimal wear. I have pointed out two hairline flaws that appear to be firing craze lines rather than cracks, they do not go through to the other side. There is also a glaze chip shown on a pink flower on the side. There was probably a thick glaze bubble which was chipped off. These flaws are being noted and taken into consideration in the pricing.
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