Gold Hanazume Kutani Owl Figurine
This is a Kutani ware owl figurine with "Hanazume" pattern, meaning filled with flowers, one of the most notable designs of Kutani ware which has been handed down the Taisho period (1912–26).
The beautiful patterns and cute expressions carefully painted by craftsmen are very attractive.
In Japan, the owl has long been considered a bird of good omen for prosperity in business.
It is also appreciated as a god of learning and a bird of longevity.
It is also regarded as the god of wisdom in Europe and a bird that brings happiness in China.
Owl figurines are said to bring good luck when placed in places where people gather a lot, for example, in the living room or entryway.
This is a great gift for people who love Japanese culture and art.
- Dimension: 9cm(3.5in) x 9cm(3.5in) x H12.5cm(4.9in)
- Material: Porcelain - Kutani ware
- Origin: Made in Japan
Hanazume is a traditional technique of Kutani Ware. This style was introduced in 1913 by Shiro Mizuta, a skillful craftsman in Kanazawa. A flower decoration covers the entire surface, and outlines are painted in gold. This style is representative of gorgeous Kutani-ware.
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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.