Subject:Re: Help needed with a Japanese figurine
Posted By: Martin Michels Mon, Oct 12, 2020
This is Sumida ware made by Koko Ishiguro.
On the Gotheborg website on the Sumida page this mark 香二 is wrongly translated as Banni.
Koko had 2 marks with only his name Koko: 香二 and 香々.
The first Kanji is 香 "Ko", and the second 二 and 々 can be considered as an iteration mark used in an old Chinese way for character repeating, so in that case it actually says: "Ko" (twice), so "Koko".
On marks with his full name Ishiguro Koko, the Koko name was also seen as 香香 or 香々
See my pictures.
I think this piece of yours is worth restoring in a proper way, it is ultimately over 100 years old, probably late Meiji era.