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Kutani porcelain Bijin with a drum Meiji c. 1890

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: Item # 1319049

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A well molded figure of a geisha holding a drum on her right shoulder with her left hand. Her open right hand is ready to rise and beat the drum. Her black kimono with red edges is decorated with bamboo fronds and a fruit or flower, both with gilt highlights. Her red obi is painted with colorful clouds. Her hair is elaborately piled on top of her head. 9 ¾ inches (25 cm tall).

Condition: No chips, cracks, hairlines or repairs. Some of the enamel decoration is worn, it looks as if from dusting and much of the black enamel has an uneven surface, as if it was matt finish, but I suspect is some sort of reaction over time. The white porcelain shows crazing.

The restraint of the decoration and the drum on her shoulder give this figure a strong presence.