The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

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

Antique Japanese Kikkoyaki Turtle Ceramic Okimono

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1473106

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A lifelike turtle from the Kikko kilns of Osaka, the bottom stamped and covered in brown lacquer, the top traditional kikko ocher tinged colors. There are chips around the edges, without which it would be tough to define this hyper realistic piece as pottery. It is 16.5 x 11 x 6 cm (6-1/2 inches long), dating from the later Edo period. The Kikko Kiln was established in Osaka in the opening years of the 19th century by Iyo native Toda Jihe, who had learned the ceramic arts in Kyoto under all of the great names of the time, Kiyomizu Rokubei I, Ryonyu the 9th generation head of the Raku family, and Ninnami Dohachi among others. He would be known as Jusanken Shogetsu. After being noticed by then Daimyo of Osaka area Mizuno Tadakuni, he received the kiln name Kikko. His works were distributed as gifts among the Daimyo, and he was called to work in many fiefs creating “Niwa Yaki” kilns throughout Japan. During the Meiji the kiln would be split into two continuing lineages, one using Jusanken stamp, the other Kikko Shogetsu.