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A Japanese Brown Pottery Teapot- Tanuki â Meiji

A Japanese Brown Pottery Teapot- Tanuki – Meiji

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1920: Item # 1154915

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This is an amusing brown pottery teapot in the shape of a Tanuki – a legendary Japanese creature. (See Footnote). The teapot measures 3 3/5 “in diameter and is 3” high. The body is molded into the Tanuki shape. On the sides it has a relief design of a running boy on one side and a bucket and cup on the other. There are two pottery rings attached to the top of the teapot near the lid.. The handle of the teapot was broken off cleanly in transit to us. We have repaired it with Super Glue so it is quite stable. Even with the line where the handle joins the body of the teapot, the piece has an irresistible charm. We date the piece to the late Meiji period, circa 1885-1910.

Footnote - The Japanese raccoon dog, also known as tanuki in Japanese, is a subspecies of the raccoon dog native to Japan. As the tanuki, the animal has been significant in Japanese folklore since ancient times. The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting, but somewhat gullible and absentminded. It is also a common theme in Japanese art, especially statuary.