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Japanese Immortals On Satsuma Pottery

Among the many images and designs that are found on Satsuma pottery, vases, plates and figures are those of ancient wise men, versed in the arts of knowledge, magic and power.

These people are referred to as the Japanese Immortals, men who were of such greatness that they were unable to die, forced to live a life of study, worship and poverty. The Japanese symbol for Immortal is made up from 2 other elements meaning "mountain person". Often, the immortal would be a person who had lived in the mountains which were revered by the Japanese as places of magic and awe.

The Japanese immortals are depicted frequently on prints and in paintings from early Japan, right up to this day. The 3 gods, Daikoku, Fukurokuju and Ebisu are pictured frequently playing a game of Go. Also deities such as the Seven Gods of Good Fortune or luck were depicted, their promise to the people of the world was of endless riches, wealth and good health.

As with other Satsuma pottery, the images of these immortals features on a number of different items. Satsuma Vases are lavished with the images of the immortals either together in a group or often on their own. Although smaller items such as the satsuma buttons were usually decorated with flowers or plants, the faces of the gods were also hand painted on to them with enamel paint.

As with most religious or mythical imagery, the satsuma immortals are shown as images that convey good luck, fortune, peace of happiness. They are shown as figures of peace who are fun loving, meditative or at comfort with each other and the rest of the world. Possibly images that were supposed to reflect upon the owners of the satsumaware items.

Japanese Satsuma Koro Vase with Immortals Dieties Signed Shimazu Clan
Japanese Satsuma Koro Vase with Immortals Dieties Signed Shimazu Clan
$121.25
7 SATSUMA JAPANESE IMMORTAL GODS BUTTONS GILT  B4
7 SATSUMA JAPANESE IMMORTAL GODS BUTTONS GILT B4
$59.00
Antique 19th C Japanese Satsuma Plate Immortal Figures
Antique 19th C Japanese Satsuma Plate Immortal Figures
$42.95
VINTAGE Japanese SATSUMA Immortal Fairyland China DEMITASSE Saucers 5 JAPAN
VINTAGE Japanese SATSUMA Immortal Fairyland China DEMITASSE Saucers 5 JAPAN
$2.00
SATSUMA JAPANESE VASE  RAISED RELIEF RARE  IMMORTAL PRINCESS  10Ht SUPERB
SATSUMA JAPANESE VASE RAISED RELIEF RARE IMMORTAL PRINCESS 10Ht SUPERB
$269.00
Japanese Meiji Satsuma Immortals Vase
Japanese Meiji Satsuma Immortals Vase
$725.00
Antique Large Porcelain Satsuma Vase Meiji Dynasty Pre 1900 Immortals Warriors
Antique Large Porcelain Satsuma Vase Meiji Dynasty Pre 1900 Immortals Warriors
$799.00
Antique Japanese Satsuma Moriage Vase Immortals Spiritual Elders 1 Signed
Antique Japanese Satsuma Moriage Vase Immortals Spiritual Elders 1 Signed
$69.99
VINTAGE MORIAGE SATSUMA JAPAN IMMORTALS FACES GOLD HAND PAINTED VASE
VINTAGE MORIAGE SATSUMA JAPAN IMMORTALS FACES GOLD HAND PAINTED VASE
$24.70

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