This is one of the most fascinating Arita pieces we have ever had in the collection. It is a meticulously molded or hand formed porcelain okimono of a rather “goofy” looking dog with pop eyes and a pigeon toed stance. It is in a seated position and has a short beard like connection from the bottom of the head and his tail forms a perfect handle. The body of the dog has an overglaze enamel floral decoration on his two sides and the back of his neck done in reds, greens, pink and blue. The base of the four feet is not glazed. His eyes protrude slightly and have a light yellow ring surrounding the protruding eyes.
We have no idea what its purpose might have been as it is not a pitcher or water dropper despite the handle formed by the tail. So, it must have been made strictly as a decorative item - as such, it has tremendous presence that makes you smile just looking at it. The piece measures6 ¾’ long by 6 3/” high by 3 ¼” wide. It is in excellent condition with no chips or restorations. We believe it dates from the late Edo to Early Meiji period, circa 1850-1895.