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Japanese Edo Celadon Hirado Recumbent Horse

Japanese Edo Celadon Hirado Recumbent Horse

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Edo Period Celadon Hirado Horse

A "rare" Hirado celadon (seiji) recumbent horse, extraordinary modelling, and a virtuosic example of the flawless green-glazed porcelain produced in the eighteenth century in northwestern Kyushu, Japan. Typically, the glaze was applied over a layer of white slip (liquid clay). This enhances the celadon color and exaggerates the sinuous curves in the horse's tail, legs, etc., that make the animal so intensely expressive. The gilt maki-e (lacquer) repair indicates that this was a very special porcelain okimono.

Length: 9.5 inches

Height: 6.5 inches

Age: Edo Period (late 18th century)

Mark: None

Condition: Gold repair to ear & scratches