Yoneda Yuzan Kutani Daikokuten Riding A Mallet
This is a figurine of Daikokuten sitting atop a mallet, crafted using the Kutani ware technique. With its vibrant colors and hand-painted details, this imposing figurine will undoubtedly become a standout piece in your home, drawing the eye and capturing attention.
Daikokuten is a deity with roots in Indian mythology. Originally, he was depicted as a fierce god of destruction. However, after passing through China and adapting to Japanese folk beliefs, his appearance transformed into the benign figure we know today, carrying a large bag on his back and holding a "Kozuchi," or lucky mallet. He is one of the Seven Lucky Gods and is widely revered, with temples dedicated to Daikokuten found throughout Japan. In Japan, he is known as a god of bountiful harvests, good fortune, career advancement, and wealth enhancement.
The Kozuchi is a mythical lucky mallet that frequently appears in Japanese folklore. According to legend, anyone who holds the Kozuchi and shakes it will have their wish granted. The handle of the Kozuchi is tied with a fringed red Edo braided cord.
The unique and traditional method used to decorate the surface of the figurine is a technique called "Mori-e" which is similar to the technique of slip trailing. A thick paint is squeezed out of an "icchin," a dispenser with a fine tip, and patterns are carefully painted onto the surface. Mori-e adds decorative patterns and tactile textures to smooth porcelain surfaces.
Kutani Ware featuring motifs of the Seven Lucky Gods have long been celebrated as lucky charms. They would make excellent gifts for those who appreciate Japanese culture and art.
For over 60 years, Yoneda Yuzan Kiln has been offering beautiful decorative figurines. The tradition of Kutani ware is still present in their works, with a painting technique called "mori-e" that resembles slip trailing applied to each piece.
NOTE: Due to the characteristics of the "Mori-e" technique, there are individual variations in the finish of the painting. Any paint overflow, smudging, or uneven coloring are aspects commonly seen in hand-crafted items of this kind. Furthermore, the bold brushwork is one of the unique charms of this product, and we hope you'll appreciate it as such.
- Dimension: 12cm(4.7in) x 26cm(10.2in) x H26cm(10.2in)
- Material: Porcelain - Kutani ware
- Origin: Made in Japan
- Brand: Yoneda Yuzan Kiln
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About kutani ware
Kutani ware is a type of pottery produced in the Kaga region of Ishikawa Prefecture and it has a history of over 350 years.
It is characterized by the heavy brilliance of the five colors of green, yellow, red, purple, and navy blue that are applied to the bold and daring lines.
Its long history has evolved through the tireless efforts and enthusiasm of people who have sought innovation while maintaining tradition.
In the early 1700s, the Kutani kilns were closed, but about 80 years later they were opened and Kutani ware was revived.
The beauty of the various styles and methods of painting is known as "Japan Kutani" and is highly regarded around the world.