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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.

Antique Bizen Shishi Lion Koro by Nishimura Shunko


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1940: Item # 1401496

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A Bizen pottery incense burner by important 20th century artist Nishimura Shunko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Nemureru Shishi Koro. Very much in this famous artist style, the recumbent creature appears squat, all features elongated, while a cub riding on its back serves as the lid for the incense chamber. It is signed on the base Shunko-saku and bears his double mountain mark. The mark is visible in the 1927 booklet Bizen Toko (copies included) The koro is 7 inches ((17.5 cm) long and in excellent condition.
Nishimura Shunko (Yasujiro, 1886-1953) was, along with Kaneshige Toyo and Mimura Tokei one of the three pillars of Bizen pottery during the first half of the 20th century, and one credited with saving it from extinction. Born in Kyoto, he studied Japanese Painting before moving to study Awata Yaki pottery techniques under Aoyama Shunko (from whom he received his name) and then under the first Suwa Sozan. He moved to Inbe (Okayama Prefecture, home of Bizen) in 1909, where he established a kiln and became known for saiku-mono or ceramic sculptures. His genius was quickly recognized, and his works were collected by the Imperial family and given as gfts to foreign dignitaries. He served as a ceramics instructor for two years in Korea during the Taisho period. He also taught potters like Urakami Zenji (1914-2006). He was named a bearer of intangible cultural properties for his lifes work in 1942. Several works by him are held in the Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art.