Posted 5 years ago
It did not occur to me right away that the rabbit or hare was symbolic and part of the Japanese celebrations for the Fall harvest. The fact it is red and not white also has some meaning, but I was not able to find out why, except it is a more powerful image.
The little sauce dishes are part of the Japanese traditional table setting as they love adding tasty side dishes to their main course, such as fish sauce, soya sauce, pickles, hot sauce, fresh ginger, salty fermented black bean sauce, etc.
The style of these ceramic pieces is unusual with a grainy dark brown surface, a smooth painted yellow enamel ring and a red hare on white porcelain disc in the center.
The base is marked with an imprint of the 2 character Kutani mark.
Age does not seem to be very old, hard to say. Still they represent the Japanese artistic love of contrast, and spare decorations. Which I also find pleasing.