Antique Japanese Ko-Kutani Okimono
Kanzan & Jittoku 寒山拾得和合二仙
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Circa: 19th century and earlier
Minor hairlines, very good condition!
H 10.5 in.(27cm.), W 7 in.(18cm.), D 6 in.(15cm.)
A rare antique Ko-Kutani style Okimono, vibrant polychrome to gold in color with a mellow age patina; detailed with Sumi, richly glazed foliate motifs; sculpted and tinted with underglaze in contrast with a vitreous porcelain white, depicting two famous late 8th-century Zen monks, Kanzan and Jittoku in the 17th Century Ko-Kutani style, Kanzan appears holding a lotus flower that symbolizes Buddhist nature, and Jittoku obliges with a food box that commonly referred to marriage and celebrations.
In China, they were known as He-he Er xian, 和合二仙. They represent Harmony and Union, commonly associated with a happy marriage. Kanzan's name means "Cold Mountain," and so he is sometimes called the "Recluse of Cold Mountain." Jittoku's name means "the Foundling." Kanzan was a mountain recluse or hermit in the Taoist tradition. Jittoku was an orphan in the care of a nearby Buddhist monastery, where he swept the kitchen floors. Jittoku would often bring leftover food from the monastery kitchen to Kanzan. The two would amuse themselves in the evening by contemplating the moon and composing poetry. Kanzan and Jittoku were regarded later as incarnations of the bodhisattvas Monju 文殊 Manjusri and Fugen 普賢 Samantabhadra.
Estimated Value $1500
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