Unusual Japanese Kyo Yaki Porcelain Covered Bowl, Okame by Seifu Yohei

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The size of Covered bowl: 7 3/8" L x 6 1/8" Widest x 3 3/4" High. Very unusual Japanese Kyo Yaki Porcelain Sometsuke Covered Bowl made with the design and shape of Okame. It is very well done work. Each side in the mask as well as bowl side has finely painted Sometsuke Sansui(landscape) design painted. The cover fit pretty good with bowl. The condition of covered bowl excellent. One kiln flaw at cover top right side as photos showing. It is from drying process of clay caused the line, not crack afterward. One Hittsuki (glaze stick) spot at right eye side which make it like charm spot. Some Hittsuki around the bottom area. Two old minor nick spot at the head and jaw area as photo showing. Otherwise, great shape. Dating Okame covered bowl itself from late Edo to early Meiji. It came with Kiriwood Wooden box. The cover top said in Japanese Kanji, "Oh-Ka-Me"(Okame), the center Kanji as "Fu-Ta-Bachi"(covered bowl). Inside wooden cover written left corner as, "Seifu Yohei Saku"(Seifu Yohei made). Also there is sheet of paper attached upper right, "Seifu Yohei Saku, Okame Futa Bachi"(Seifu Yohei made, Okame Covered Bowl). We believe the covered bowl was made by Seifu Yohei 1st or 2nd. And the covered bowl itself is very handsome Sometsuke porcelain work. Please note that the finishing on the bottom bowl has galzed finish and not bisque. It is finished work. The brush marking is original one after glazing applied on entire bowl bottom. You can see at last photo showing the glazing finish. When I see the glazing, it is thickly covered and it has micro air bubble like Edo porcelain work which makes mystifying the work. The expression of Okame is wonderful. The nose holes were there until glazing was applied. You can see clearly light thru under the lamp. The size of Okame face is about same size of human. There is one Japanese cloth, Furoshiki with Kotobuki(happiness) came with this covered bowl.

. Okame's history: In ancient Japanese literature, "Nihon-shoki" noting there was a goddess daninc outside the rock of Ama No Iwa, later she danced with another god which became a Kyogen. In that Kyogen dance, Okame face was used firtst time, with Hottoko. Okame has very pleasant and happy face, also called Otafuku. There is old saying, for the people who are happy, making happy face and smailing face will bring a lots of happiness and luck into the family. There are several Japanese shrine with Okame.