Posted 6 years ago
This plate was a find at Surry Hills market almost twenty years ago. I like mixed metal work and this plate was made in Hiroshima.
In 1902 it seems that Takuro Ito revived an art form dating back to the Edo period. He worked at the Ito Kyuho-do studios and it continues to this day.
I think the fish are carp or 'koi'. One is silver and the other gold with shibuichi eyes. I believe the Japanese associate 'koi' with perseverance, courage, the family and good luck. The character for 'koi' also is the character for 'love'. Two koi swimming together against the forces of the stream. Nice. I especially like the nicely turned and bound edges of the plate.
I have had a look on the net and the signature is said to be Ito Kyuhodo.