Subject:Re: Help Dating Statue
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Jan 06, 2019
This figure of Longevity God Fukurokujin has a mark (shown upside down) which has come up in the forum previously on a large Japanese teapot (link) and a pair of Japanese dragon bookends that once graced my collection. Its two-stack character reading is 山口豆木, which appears to be pronounceable as "Yamaguchi Mameki", although Japanese inevitably has other transliterations that do not come up in the machine translators and dictionaries I use.
All three pieces I've seen heretofore with this mark used what seems to me to be the same tone of green glaze prominently in their palettes. My online research indicates that Japan's Yamaguchi Prefecture has a kiln center of the same name, which nowadays appears to be primarily known for hagi wares. There's a place far north of Yamaguchi called Mameki for which I have yet to find a pottery connection. Yamaguchi, of course, also is a surname. Perhaps some of our expert collectors and Japanese translators can pull this mark out of the fiery kiln.
URL Title :Yamaguchi Pottery