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Japanese Satsuma Gold Gilt Oil Lamp, Meiji Period

Japanese Satsuma Gold Gilt Oil Lamp, Meiji Period

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Japanese Satsuma Gold Gilt Oil Lamp, Meiji Period ca. 1880. Dynamic scene of Buddhist Saints (Rakans) surrounded by earthly followers. Border of floral and geometric shapes. Oil lamp is American made by C.H. McKenney and probably not originally made for Satsuma vase. Glass globe is also a recent addition. In excellent condition. 17 1/4" high x 5 1/2" diameter. Satsuma ware is a style of Japanese earthenware originally from the Satsuma region of what is today southern Kyūshū. Today, it can be divided into two distinct categories: the original plain dark clay early Satsuma made in Satsuma from around 1600, and the elaborately decorated export Satsuma ivory-bodied pieces which began to be produced in the nineteenth century in various Japanese cities. By adapting their gilded polychromatic enamel overglaze designs to appeal to the tastes of western consumers, manufacturers of the latter made Satsuma ware one of the most recognized and profitable export products of the Meiji period.