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A Bizen Figure â Emaciated Arhat or Buddha â Showa

A Bizen Figure – Emaciated Arhat or Buddha – Showa

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1980: Item # 1142970

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A very well executed Japanese okimono of an emaciated figure – quite possibly the Shakyamuni Buddha or one of his followers known as arhats . The figure is 3 1/2" high by 2" wide by 2 3/4" deep. It is in excellent condition and has an impressed mark on the base that translates as "Shozan" .

Our research has turned up a noted potter of bizen pottery by that name - Shozan Horie – " Born 1923 in Katsuta Town, Okayama Prefecture. Entered a workshop in 1937. Built his own kiln in 1964 and went independent. Specializes in flower containers, tea wares and some decorative items. Has won numerous awards, including the Okayama Governor's Award for Excellence. He was the inaugural chairman of the Bizen Toshinkai ceramic association and is director of the Okayama Prefectural Bizen Ware Society."