Choho Kiln Gold Kutani Owl Figurine
The wings are adorned using the "Gosai (five colors)" technique with colors of red, blue, and green. Accentuating the exquisite golden figurine, these colors embody the distinct characteristics of Kutani ware.
In Japan, the owl has long been considered a bird of good omen for prosperity in business. Additionally, it is revered as a symbol of learning and longevity. In European traditions, the owl is esteemed as the god of wisdom, while in China, it is celebrated as a bird that brings happiness.
Owl figurines are said to bring good luck when placed to decorate areas where people gather such as living rooms and entryways.
This is a great gift for people who love Japanese culture and art.
- Dimension: 10cm(3.9in) x 7cm(2.7in) x H9.5cm(3.7in)
- Material: Porcelain
- Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani Ware
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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.