Posted 2 years ago
This 4-1/2" long ceramic peanut is another one of my wife's finds. Very accurately detailed, but with marks that are mostly a mystery to me.
My go-to for oriental art is the Nipon war bride that runs the local small grocery. She said she thought it was old, probably pre-Meiji (1868), with one of the symbols being "great Japan" (or something like that) and others (she thought) might be the artist's name. Me? I don't even know if my rubbing is right side up!
Seems unlikely that the peanut is really that old, since it would predate the introduction of peanuts to Japan (late 19th C according to online sources). The nuts themselves are NOT S&P shakers ~ just nuts.
Any help with these questions and conundrums will be greatly appreciated.