Antique Meiji Japanese Dragon Form Tokoname Clay Teapot, Japan
Fine unglazed clay teapot in the form of a rather impressive clawed dragon. Traditional form and function made in Tokoname, Aichi, Japan in the early part of the 20th Century.
Very good condition with no damage or repair.
Pottery made in Tokoname dates back to the 12th century. During the Heian period, what is now called Tokoname ware was already part of daily life. A kiln known as the Takasaka kiln was built in the 14th century. Towards the end of the Edo period in the late 19th century, Koie Hokyu completed a chambered "climbing kiln" (nobori-gama). The excellent reputation of modern Tokoname ware was established by his son Koie Hoju. He laid the foundations for earthenware pipe making and introduced the redware for which the town became renowned. A statue was later put up in his honour in the town.
A piece of interest for any teapot collection or collector!
7" high x 6 1/4" x 5"