MATERIAL: Ceramic
TYPE: Figurine
DIMENSIONS: approximately 18.75"h, 8.5"w, 5.75"d,
WEIGHT: 9.5 lbs
COMPONENTS: Japanese Kutani porcelain okimono, standing Jurojin in blue and white robes pattered with auspicious symbols, holding a staff and scroll, impressed and glazed two character marks underfoot.
ITEM ID: 5356
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Saikō-Kutani Ceramic Figure

This is a Saikō-Kutani Ceramic piece which appears to be Jurojin, the personification of the southern polar star. He has Chinese Daoist origins and is one of the Japanese seven gods of good fortune popular in the Edo period.

The Kutani mark makes it almost certainly Japanese. Kutani ware (九谷焼, Kutani-yaki) is a style of Japanese porcelain traditionally supposed to be from Kutani, now a part of Kaga, Ishikawa, in the former Kaga Province. It is divided into two phases: Ko-Kutani (old Kutani), from the 17th and early 18th centuries, and Saikō-Kutani from the revived production in the 19th century.