That being said, this figure is so special I decided to go ahead and see if anyone else might love it as much as I do. The flaws are on the back side of the figure so as a cabinet piece, the damage does not show. All flaws are described in the condition paragraph below and are shown in our photos. This amazing figure features a young Japanese boy dressed in elaborately decorated clothing holding a dragon's head mask in his outstretched hands.
The dragon has a fierce expression with an open mouth and exposed teeth. The entire figurine features multiple patterns in the clothing and the design is painted in polychrome enamels with elaborate gilding.
The boy's face is painted with natural coloration with delicate features including an open mouth. The figurine is mounted onto a wooden stand.Measures just under 8" high (not including stand) and 9" high (including stand) with the oval stand measuring about 5 1/2" long and 3 1/4" wide. This figurine does have a few condition problems as mentioned in our listing above. On the boy's left hand the tip of the index finger is missing (barely noticed) and the dragon's right ear has a chip on the top. When viewed straight on, the chip on the dragon's ear does not show. The main problem is not seen from the front but on the backside of the figure.
At the bottom of his garment behind his right leg, it looks like a flat slice of the garment is missing leaving an irregular texture and color in this area. Again, this is not visible when viewing from the front. Please view all photos concerning condition. Even with the hidden flaws, this figurine will display nicely.
History: Satsuma is a yellowish earthenware usually decorated with detailed Japanese figures with expressive facial features. This ware was generally created for the export marked of the mid-19th Century to cater to Western markets. We at Antiques & Moore have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business!
Japanese SATSUMA Figurine, Boy & Dragon, Meiji Period" is in sale since Tuesday, December 18, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques". The seller is "antiquesandmooresales" and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.