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A rare and very interesting ko-hirado (old hirado) porcelain box made in the shape of a crustacean. Although the piece is rather figurative, it is very much lifelike with details including crabs and barnacle-like creatures, one of which,on the lid, has a movable part; a rare feature on ceramic works.
The box dates from the end of the Edo period (1615-1868). Hirado pottery has a 400 year history. The city of Hirado is located in the Northwestern part of the island of Kyushu, the third biggest island of the Japanese archipelago. At the end of the 16th century, Korean potters brought from Korea by the Hirado feudal lord settled there and started making potteries for the use of his clan. Later, the production was commercialized and Hirado porcelains have since become world renowned.
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The box is in very good condition. A mark, maybe the potter’s, appears on its base.
Dimensions: 13.5 x 11.5 x 9.5 cm (5.4 x 4.6 x 3.8 in), weight 353g (12.4 oz)
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