Japanese Kyo-yaki Stoneware Suzuri (Inkstone) Mid. 19th. century, Edo Period
Diam. 13 ins. (33 cms) This remarkable piece is quite the largest suzuri we have ever seen! It is typical of the Kyoto wares heavily influenced by the 17th. century pottery of Ninsei. The two diametrically opposed panels show two cranes with bamboos on one side and a minogame (hairy turtle with bamboos and pines on the other. Both the crane and minogame are potent symbols of longevity. The designs are executed in green, blue, red and yellow enamels with extensive gilding. The use of yellow is unusual although there are some rare early Arita pieces using yellow enamels. As can clearly be seen from the photographs the piece has been broken and repaired extensively using the traditional Japanese gold lacquer technique of kintsugi. A piece of wood has been fitted into the base to hide the repairs. There is some flaking of the green and blue enamels on the panels and on the edges of the handling recesses.
It dates to the end of the Edo Period ca. 1860.
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