Vintage Pottery Kutani Shi Shi Foo Dog Guardian Lion Beast Moriage Male Dog
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Vintage Pottery Kutani Shi Shi Foo Dog Guardian Lion Beast Moriage Male Dog:
You are purchasing a gorgeousVintage Pottery Kutani Shi Shi Foo Dog Guardian Lion Beast Moriage Male DogI have owned this gorgeous piece for over 20 years and I am downsizing so its time to find him a new homeDog Measures 9.75" tall x 8.75" wide approximatelyI believe (a matter of opinion) this to be a Kintsugi Kutani Foo DogJapanese Ceramic Shishi. Guardian Lion DogStriking Showa period Moriage Kutani-ware Shishiwith that said PLEASE look at the pictures as they are part of the descriptionand I don't accept returnsPlease ask all and any questions before placing a offerIf you feel you have more expertise or knowledge on this item please share it. I am always happy to change description if I receive more information on itThanks for looking!!!
Statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Japanese Shrines and temples and were believed to have powerful mythic properties and the power to ward off evil spirits. Kutani-yaki is a style of Japanese porcelain with overglaze painting, made in the southern cities of Kanazawa, Komatsu, Kaga, and Nomi in Ishikawa Prefecture. With its vivid colors and design, it is held in high regard the world over. The history of Kutani-yaki goes back to around the 17th century. The first lord of Daishoji Domain, Maeda Toshiharu, told his retainer Goto Saijiro to go learn about pottery in Hizen-arita, after magnetite was discovered in Ishikawa. He adopted its techniques and built a kiln in Kutani. With the exquisite use of many vivid colors and bold and unconventional patterns, it soon received high acclaim as the best representation porcelain with overglaze painting in Japan, earning praise in particular for its uniqueness and the powerful beauty of its shapes. However, the kiln in Kutani was suddenly closed around 1730. About 80 years after the closing of kiln, the Kasugayama kiln was opened in Kanazawa under the direct management of Kaga Domain. During the Meiji Kutani was introduced to Europe. It became a sought after Japanese ceramic art form in Europe. Many kilns were opened in this period developing their own unique styles. One of the distinguished techniques is “Kinrande (overglaze enamel and gold decoration)” red and gold designs. The gold used on Kutani porcelains often sets it apart. Gold has been a familiar material in the Kutani area and in fact, most of the Japanese gold leaf is produced in Kanazawa. The technique, “Yuri-Kinsai (underglaze gold)” glazed gold leaf over the surface was designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property in 2001