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Five Japanese Pottery Dishes with Coin Design. Gennai-yaki. Edo Period


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Unusual Set of 5 Pottery Dishes with Moulded Coins. Gennai-yaki Edo Period

Diam. 3 1/2 ins. (8.8 cms) The Gennai pottery was founded by Japanese polymath Hiraga Gennai (1728-1780). Information on the kilns is hard to come by although there is a recently published book on his pottery it is all in Japanese. These moulded dishes with relief representations of coins must be post Tempo Era (1830-1844) as the central green coin is a Tempo Tsuho, introduced, as its name implies, in the Tempo Era. The yellow coins around the periphery are gold Oban coins moulded with the Tokugawa crest. The small hexagonal seal on the lower green coin may be a pottery mark but if so we have been unable to identify it. The concept is clearly to bring good luck to the user. They were probably used to serve pickles and similar. Investigations have revealed no other examples.

As can be seen from the photographs the dishes have been well used with resulting chips and wear. PLEAS INSPECT PHOTOS CAREFULLY.

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