Meiji Period Bizen Butsuzo
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: Item # 1187135
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
Sale - Inventory being renewed
splendid butsuzo (statue of Buddha) is part of a series of mostly antique and vintage items that we recovered from the storehouse of a retired construction contractor. His house is located in the southern part of Kyoto, where buildings from the Edo and Meiji periods still stand. His son not being interested in inheriting his father's collection, we were asked to take them out, and we are now able to present them to you.
This particular statuette is a Bizen ware, from one of the six oldest remaining Japanese pottery traditions. Bizen is a small town in Okayama prefecture (ancient Bizen province). There, for more than one thousand years, potters have been producing a sober yet strong looking wood fired ceramic.
The beautiful statuette, made in exquisite details (please notice the curved top of the hood), dates from the Meiji period (1868-1912), It was born in the Kimura Korakuen kiln, established in 1675 by Kimura Chojuro, who had been appointed by the Ikeda clan, ruler of the Okayama domain. The current heir of the Kimura Korakuen kiln became the fifteenth Chojuro in 1975.
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The butsuzo bears the seal Korakuen and is in perfect condition.
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