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A Set of Five Small Sauce Dishes - Okame - Edo

A Set of Five Small Sauce Dishes - Okame - Edo


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Directory: Hidden: Viewable: Pre 1900: Item # 1276433

Please refer to our stock # 45-2 when inquiring.
 $295.00
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This is a set of five Japanese condiment or sauce dishes in the shape of Okame's face. These small dishes are hand shaped porcelain impressed with Okame's face in low relief on the front. They are each slightly different as might be expected. On average they measure 3" tall by 2 3/8" wide by 1/2" deep and the color ranges from a light grey to a pure white to a light celadon. I believe these date from the late Edo to early Meiji period, circa 1850-1880s, from the look of the glaze and the shape of the foot. All five are in fine condition with no chips, cracks or restorations. On a couple of them, one can see tiny pebbles of kiln grit acquired in the firing process,

“Okame, also known as Uzume or Otafuku is the name for the female half of a traditional Japanese Kyogen theater pair. She is considered to be the Goddess of mirth and is frequently seen in Japanese art. Her full cheeks and merry eyes are an unforgettable sight and a delight to behold. Some Japanese scholars theorize that long ago, when the first Okame images were created, they may have represented an idealized form of feminine beauty