Choho Kiln Kutani Kinsai Jewel Dragon
This Kutani ware auspicious item, crafted with meticulous attention to detail, presents the powerful and auspicious image of a dragon, a revered symbol in many cultures. The dragon is celebrated for bringing good harvests, fishing luck, and for warding off misfortune. Its strong form is believed to attract positive energy and prosperity, particularly in terms of wealth.
The dragon is beautifully depicted with a body of red scales, peeking out from a spherical cluster of pink clouds. Golden feathers crown the dragon, enhancing its majestic appearance, and in its hand, it holds a hoju "sacred gem," believed to have the power to grant thoughts and wishes. As a symbol of abundance and the breaker of bad luck, this dragon powerfully represents rising fortune and familial prosperity.
Kutani craftsmen meticulously hand-paint each detail, utilizing pearl-like paint. This, in harmony with the shimmering hues of mica gold (a type of non-metallic Western paint), gives the piece a radiant finish.
Choho Kiln was established at the end of the Taisho era (1912 CE - 1926 CE), and has continued to operate as a wholesaler and manufacturer of Kutani ware. In recent years, their main products have been interior decorations and ornaments. The third generation Choho continues to preserve traditional techniques and patterns while adopting the modern sense of new designs.
As we welcome the New Year, this Kutani ware dragon, steeped in tradition, is regarded as an auspicious talisman for happiness and good fortune. We extend our wishes for abundant happiness to all who cherish this piece.
- Dimension: L 12 cm (4.7 in) x W 12.5 cm (4.9 in) x H 12.8 cm (5.0 in)
- Material: Porcelain, wood, felt
- Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani ware
- Brand: Choho kiln
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ABOUT CHOHO KILN
Choho Kiln is known for their skilled technique of "mori-e," a traditional technique of drawing patterns and designs with a thick paint onto a surface to give it a tactile texture and an added decorative touch. Choho Kiln developed the method of applying this method to Kutani ware figurines.
Nishi Chosaku, the founder of Choho Kiln studied the method of mori-e with his brother Taikichi back in the Taisho period. Up till that time, this method was used to decorate flat surfaces. The brothers developed the idea of applying this method to Kutani Ware figurines as Chosaku had studied the basics of form, design and color mixing as a teenager. As it turned, the mori-e technique suited Kutani figurines very well, and henceforth mori-e became a mainstream decorating technique.
Choho II learned various techniques from his predecessor, trained many apprentices, and solidified the foundation of Choho Kiln. Today, Choho is the third generation of the Choho family, and he is committed to preserving the tradition of mori-e while seeking out new possibilities for this technique.
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.
Kinsai Jewel Dragon
Beautiful piece exactly as pictured in the website.