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Slight oval, tatemaru gata, copper plate with shakudo fukurin.
Finish of the plate, both sides are of chirimen ishime ji, or "silk crepe" finish. Appears as a very smart finish of exquisite taste, which was believed to have been originated by Murakami Jochiku and his school.
Dates 1800 to 1850.

In Japan, Daikokuten (大黒天), the god of great darkness or blackness, or the god of five cereals (rice), is one of the Seven Lucky Gods (Fukujin). Daikokuten evolved from the Buddhist form of the Indian deity Shiva intertwined with the Shinto god Okuninushi. He persues the rat that eats the rice.

6.60cm x 6.10cm x 0.50cm
MEI: 'SHUNMEI' and Kao.
Read as 'HARUAKI', H 00760.0. At the age of 16 went to study with Yanagawa Naoharu, who was a student of Naomitsu. He received the use of HARU from Naoharu in 1807. By the age of 33 he was recognized by the Tokugawa Bakufu and the court and given the title of Hokkyo. At the age of 40 he was granted the title of Hogen. He had a vast number of students and followers and the majority of pieces bearing his signature are forgeries, often executed by one of his many students.
This Kao is unrecorded.

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