This is an amazing one of a kind piece. 13 long, 11 high. Elaborate and densely applied raised enamel decoration on intentionally crazed earthenware is an example of Satsuma yaki or Satsuma-like ware created by a Kutani ceramic studio. On the base there is the artist decorators red seal or rakkan and a stylized kanji mark. Alongside which are the two characters:for ;Kutani; also in an exaggerated or stylized calligraphy. Elephant form vessels became popular in the West during the 1920s which is when your piece most likely dates to and was probably made in Kyoto, which became the main center for the production of Satsuma yaki for export to the West. The inspiration behind this sleeping elephant is the famous quote ;sleeping cat, a popular Japanese form based on an iconic temple wood-carving by 17th century artist Hidari Jingor called nemuri-neko (the sleeping cat). The item “Awesomeness! Antique Elephant Japanese Satsuma Biscuit Jar, Lg Enamel, Porcelain” is in sale since Tuesday, August 20, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques”. The seller is “eclecticlady13″ and is located in Wilson, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Region of Origin: Japan