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Posted 2 years ago


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Shimazu clan of Shimazu (Shimazu-shi) is the name of a powerful Japanese family, who for centuries were the daimyo of Satsuma han. For this reason, the family is sometimes also called the Satsuma clan.
Satsuma porcelain is the name of a type of Japanese pottery products. This pottery was made from a type of clay that was found and processed in the Japanese province of Satsuma, in the 18th and 19th centuries.

For your consideration this is a wonderful antique Japanese Satsuma handpainted enamel brooch or pin. It is finely detailed painted porcelain depicts two men and a woman. The piece dates circa 1880 - 1900 or even earlier? The piece is 1.6" in diameter and in excellent condition. I am almost sure that the metal is silver and is only marked with the Shimazu clan mark.
It is in excellent condition.
Is my dating correct? Maybe someone knows what the image means?


  1. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    PhilDavidAlexanderMorris thanks for your support by loving
  2. jwendell222 jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Hi Agram, lovely brooch and presentation. The two men are rakans (holy men) and usually accompany Kannon (Quan Yin) on porcelains. But if that is what is intended, it's a unique depiction of Kannon in my experience. I'll be watching to see if someone can say who this lady is. Best wishes, Jim
  3. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    jwendell222, Thanks for loving and your detailed and interesting communication. Glad I at least know something of this brooch for myself. I know about Asian jewelry and pottery almost nothing. I naturally hope that I still get to hear something of the lady on this brooch, thanks again Jim
  4. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    BELLIN68,vetraio50,Newtimes,pops52,ho2cultcha and birdie thank you all for your attention, support and loving!
  5. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    AR8Jason thanks for loving.
  6. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Lisa and Manikin thanks for your interest and loving
  7. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    PhilDavidAlexanderMorris thanks for loving as a loyal supporter!
  8. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    jwendell222/ Jim, 3 months ago you gave me some insight into the meaning of this brooch. I would like to knowa little bit more about here. Do you have any idea who this could help me? Or maybe you already know more about the lady on this brooch?
  9. jwendell222 jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Good morning Agram, you were up early. Kannon/Quan Yin/Guanyin (there are even more spellings) is by far the most popular goddess in the Asian pantheon and can be found in every medium that I know of: porcelain; bronze; silver; wood; painting; a variety of stone. On porcelains frequently with two or more holy men. But she is almost always shown with head covered, and I have not seen a depiction with short hair. I'm including a site showing holy men (also Satsuma) as a matter of interest:

    With your permission I will post your brooch on an Asian forum with the chance that another member will recognize the lady and relay whatever comes of that. Let me know, best wishes, Jim
  10. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Hello Jim,
    To begin with, when I send my message it was (our time, The Netherlands) 09.30 in the morning so not so early anymore in contradiction to you I think. There are hours difference (in the US later from about 8 to 10 hours later) than in Europe where I live.
    But I would like to start my message with the following. I appreciate very much that you are doing so much trouble with such a comprehensive answer to my questions. And of course I fully agree that you post my brooch on Asian forum and of course I hope to find out with you what is so special on the depiction with short hair. I read your posting under the link with interest so I learned something more. That's also why I like CW so much not only to post but also to learn from others as in this case from you. Please keep me informed if you hear something in this matter! And again much appreciated !!!!!
  11. jwendell222 jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Hello Agram, 3:15 A.M. here, 10:15 your time. The query (posted yesterday) was published this morning. If this works right, you can read it here:

    My email address is shown at the top of the posting, if you will send me a note, we can talk directly. Good luck to us, Jim
  12. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Stillwater, inky and aeon thanks for your interest and loving
  13. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Xoxbrennyxox thanks for your attention and loving

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