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Japanese Contemporary Kutani Porcelain Sleeping Cat, Gilded Hand-Painted

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Unique contemporary Japanese sleeping cat, a gilded and hand-painted porcelain piece from the Kutani region of Japan. The cat is adorned with multiple golden medallions and is covered with raised loops characteristic of the Kutani “moriage” style. The sleeping cat, popularly referred to as “nemuri neko,” symbolizes the peace and tranquility that characterized the 250-year rule of the Tokugawa Shoguns (1603-1868) and has been treasured in many wealthy Japanese homes for centuries as a silent reminder of the value of contentment and peace of mind. The sleeping cat is inspired by the small wooden sculpture at the entrance of the mausoleum of the Tokugawa Shoguns in Nikko, Japan by the acclaimed sculpture sculptor and architect, Hidari Jingoro. The wooden feline figure dating to 1617 is one of the most recognizable National Treasures of Japan. The “moriage” style refers to raised intricate loops and other decorative motifs applied by squeezing a tube of slip onto the body of the cat much like applying frosting to a cake. The cat boasts the traditional Kutani colors of bright green, purple, dark blue and orange presented against a iron-red background, and is generously accentuated with gold. The red kerchief with a knotted amulet in the back and two bells on the side also identify this as a traditional Kutani piece, as do the perked ears turned outward. Dimensions: H 4 in W 10.5 in D 7 in

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  • Production Type
    Limited Edition
  • Production Time
    Available Now
  • Place of Origin
  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 4 in. x W 10.5 in. x D 7 in.H 10.16 cm x W 26.67 cm x D 17.78 cm
  • Seller Location
    Vancouver, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU2771311588343
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As a premiere resource for the finest contemporary hand-painted porcelain of Japan, Exquisite Classics takes pride in presenting the work of leading contemporary artists who are carrying forward Japan’s rich porcelain heritage. With an uncompromising dedication to excellence and the highest artistic standards, Exquisite Classics showcases a carefully curated collection of unique and exceptional porcelain pieces, crafted and hand-painted by Japan’s highly acclaimed master porcelain artists and “Living National Treasures.” These artists' work have found homes in many exceptional settings, including Japan’s Imperial Household and National Guest House, and in royal palaces in various parts of the world.

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