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Vintage Bizen Yaki Mythic Creature Nue Japanese Pottery Tiger Signed Shunkoen 備前焼春光苑
Vintage Japanese Bizen Yaki Okimono

Guardian Nue 鵼

Couching Mononoke 物の怪

Recorded Seal Mark: Shunkoen, 春光苑
Circa: Showa Period, 1960s'
W 12.5 in. (32cm), H 7 in. (18cm), D 5 in. (12.5cm)
Condition : excellent!
A powerful rendition of a perfectly proportioned lion-like creature is couching in a spirited guarding pose. Its fluid and muscular visual appearance suggest a subtle combination of animals, noticeably its snake-like tail, an ape-like face, and a figure likened to a tiger or lion. The combined features of the mythical creature known as the Nue (鵼). A legendary Japanese Mononoke (物の怪). A hieratic and ferocious monster commonly believed to be a powerful talisman to repel evil spirits. The unglazed pottery Nue is made of iron-rich clay, wood-fired in Goma style (備前焼胡麻), resulting in a natural "sesame" ash spotted glaze with varied tones. In Zen-like Wabi-sabi aesthetics. The Nue is signed with a scripted seal mark of the Shunkoen Kiln (Founder: Nishimura Shunko 1886-1953). It came with an original pine box, and both are in excellent condition.

Private Collection

Guardian Nue 鵼
Guardian Nue 鵼
Guardian Nue 鵼
Guardian Nue 鵼
Guardian Nue 鵼
Guardian Nue 鵼

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