Nakada Kingyoku Blue Morikin Aochibu Dragon

JPY ¥300,000

The Blue Morikin Aochibu Dragon by Nakada Kingyoku, a stunning porcelain sculpture that brings the ancient art of Kutani ware into the realm of the majestic. With its rich colors, precise dotting technique, and lavish use of precious metals, this dragon sculpture invites admiration and wonder.

The dynamic visual rhythm created by the aochibu "blue dots," enhanced by the depth and texture of morikin "raised gold", showcases Nakada Kingyoku the Third’'s commitment to bridging traditional techniques with contemporary creativity. The sculpture offers a fresh perspective on timeless design, respecting the legacy of Kutani ware while pushing the boundaries of ceramic art with a bold spirit of innovation. 


  • Dimension: L 4.5 cm (1.77 in) x W 15 cm (5.9 in) x H 12.5 cm (4.92 in)
  • Material: Porcelain 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani ware
  • Artist: Nakada Kingyoku

Employing the aochibu technique, Nakada Kingyoku has adorned the dragon's body with intricate patterns of blue dots, each dot a deliberate placement that contributes to the sculpture's dynamic texture and visual depth. These dots, applied with precision and care, trace the dragon's sinuous form, highlighting its curves and contours with a delicate touch of light.

The sculpture's extravagance is further amplified by the use of gold and platinum morikin techniques to depict arabesque patterns of grape leaves. The front of the dragon showcases this luxurious detailing, with gold and platinum painting lending an opulent contrast to the sculpture's dark blue body. The dragon's tail is also adorned with the same meticulous platinum and gold grape pattern, wrapping the piece in a cloak of luxury from head to tail.


Under the tutelage of his father, Nakada Kingyoku the Second, and decade of rigorous apprenticeship, he has culminated in a profound mastery over the Aochibu "blue dots" and Morikin "raised gold" techniques. Blending traditional elegance with innovative flair through the use of platinum and spatial elements inspired by the Rimpa school. His commitment to excellence is reflected in his meticulous choice of tools and materials including platinum, ensuring each piece he creates embodies the intricate beauty characteristic of Kutani ware.

His work was selected for the National Traditional Craftwork Exhibition and the Traditional Kutani Craft Exhibition. He was officially certified as a Kutani Ware Traditional Craftsperson. In 2017, he was honored with the Ishikawa Prefecture Traditional Industry, Outstanding Technician Encouragement Award, underscoring his significant contributions to the field and recognizing his efforts to push the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship.

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