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Subject:Beautiful satsuma butterflies bowl, need ID. Thanks!
Posted By: Wayne J. Wed, Jan 10, 2018 IP: 2601:449:8301:afb9:9

I just found this forum, and wow, you folks are really helpful and a wonderful resource! Thanks in advance if you can ID this satsuma bowl. My wife inherited it from an aunt who bought it in Japan after WWII. She worked for the Red Cross there. The butterflies on this bowl are very naturalistic. I did not send a pic of the outside, which is rimmed with wisteria, mums, etc.

Subject:Re: Beautiful satsuma butterflies bowl, need ID. Thanks!
Posted By: Martin Michels Thu, Jan 11, 2018

Your mark is: Kotobuki 壽 (native Japanese Reading = KUN-reading) and is displayed upside down, see my included picture.
It can also mean "Ju" in the Japanese Chinese reading (ON-reading).
The character means: congratulations, long ife, celebration, rejoicing or happy event.
It might also be a surname, perhaps Kotobuki Otori.

No idea about the age of your bowl, perhaps another Forum member can help you with that.
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