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Japanese Okimono Bizen Ware Tiger

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Japanese Okimono Bizen Ware Tiger

An expressive Bizen ware tiger statue. Circa late Edo - Meiji period, 19th Century. In the history, Japanese artists tried to represent the tiger as realistic as possible, as they were commissioned by shogun to decorate the walls of castles and the collections with symbol of power - tiger. However tiger was not indigenous to Japan, and so they pursued the drawing techniques by studying the animal's skin as well as Chinese and Korean arts imported to Japan. Since Tigers were described as gigantic cat-like creatures, painters painted what looked like over-sized cats with stripes. For example one of Japanese great artists Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795) also painted cat-like thin and long eyes for his tigers. Here the statue has also a characteristic face that is recognizable as originated to Japan. Its hairwork also finely engraved.

The kilns of Bizen had been established in the middle ages and became flourished during Momoyama - mid Edo period (16th-18th Century) in Japan. The artwork of Bizen ware is almost metallically hard and often expressed with interesting natural glaze effects, produced by the ash in the kiln. Bizen ware is Japan's oldest pottery making technique, introduced in the Heian period (8th-12th century).

It is in very good condition with no damage.

H 6 x W 6 3/8x D 4 3/4 (H 15cm x W16cm x D12cm)

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