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Pair of Japanese Porcelain Rabbits, Signed

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Pair of Japanese Porcelain Rabbits, Signed

These two wonderfully-modeled white porcelain rabbit okimono are each signed with an inscribed signature which appears to read “Kenzan.” Ca.1950. Possibly Arita or Kutani porcelain, they are covered with a fine clear milky-white glaze and have bright black eyes. The bases are unglazed, and there is a firing hole on each of them. One rabbit is sitting on his haunches with two front paws on the ground, the right paw slightly raised. His ears are pointed straight up. The second little fellow is resting on all four feet, with his ears lowered behind his head at different angles.

A varied Asian cultural heritage colors the legends and design motifs associated with the rabbit or hare (“usagi”). Such legends link the animal to the moon, where it is said to pound rice cakes, and to the elixir of immortality. The rabbit also appears in art as one of the twelve animals of the zodiac.

CONDITION is perfect.

DIMENSIONS: Taller one is 7 ¼” (18.5 cm) high, 5” (12.7 cm) wide, 3” (7.6 cm) deep. Smaller one is 4 ½” (11.4 cm) high, 6” (15.3 cm) wide, 3” (7.6 cm) deep.

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