Subject:Satsuma style Daikoku figurine with rat
Posted By: Bill H Mon, Jun 22, 2020 IP: 2601:342:200:6e70:11
This is a 6.75 inches high by about 5.5 inches wide pottery image of the Japanese Lucky God Daikoku and rat with a fine Satsuma-style crackled glaze. It came from a recent estate sale, where I was drawn to it by what I see as a contrast in its animated expressiveness, compared to the typical chubby-cheeked pale-faced 20th century Kutani slip-cast Daikoku figurine. It also seems to have a bit more opulent decoration, even when compared to some larger Daikoku images I've seen online and described as late 19th century, including the Christies auction result at the link (which also is pasted below if the link doesn't work). It's base is sealed, which sometimes indicates an image was modeled by hand, and seems to be unsigned, save some tiny squiggles in one spot that I think is a kiln flaw.
In the main, I'm wondering if anything seen here might be taken as an indication of it being older than Meiji-period.