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Satsuma Figure

Apart from the array of pottery that the Satsuma region on the southern island of Japan is famous for such as vases, bowls, buttons and plates - there were also other types of pottery made using the same style and practice used by the same makers.  One of these types of pottery is the figure or figurine.

Some may dispute that there are no Satsuma figures made as they seem to fairly seldom found or collected but there are some that can be traced back to the same makers of satsuma bowls and vases.

The satsuma figure will always be of a person or Satsuma Immortal from Japan, often holding an item such as flowers or a fan and posing rather than performing a task such as working.  The characters and figures also feature heavy decoration to their clothing and any part of the landscape that may feature in the design.  The artwork on the piece follows the usual Satsuma style with heavy use of gold, intricate, detailed images and patterns covered with a cracked glaze.  The pottery is also of a creamy or light brown or beige appearance.  A Satsuma figure was never made from porcelain which was used in Japan to make the also well known white and blue items that you can find at auction, but the Satsuma pieces were all made from earthenware pottery.

It often seems that many of the figures that were made in the satsuma style are slight caricatures of the people they are imitating.  Possibly not the kind of caricature that we many know from modern cartooning, but certainly designs that distort the size and forms.

The figurines are certainly collectible items and are often found at auction houses all over the world.  As per other Satsuma pieces, ensure that the item is not one of the mass produced types that also came from the Satsuma region around the time that many of the other finer pieces were being made.  The Satsuma style and name was also copied all over the world and many imitations made that claimed to be from the Japanese area made famous by these beautiful pieces.

Japanese Pottery Meiji Period Satsuma Kutani Vase Jar Asian Buddha God Figure 7
Japanese Pottery Meiji Period Satsuma Kutani Vase Jar Asian Buddha God Figure 7
$49.99
Spectacular Japanese Satsuma Figure of Hotei Meiji 185 H
Spectacular Japanese Satsuma Figure of Hotei Meiji 185 H
$19,500.00
Antique Japanese Satsuma FIGURAL Raised Samurai Vase Unique 12 1 2
Antique Japanese Satsuma FIGURAL Raised Samurai Vase Unique 12 1 2
$199.00
Antique DAIKOKUTEN MORIAGE Ceramic Japanese DEITY Figure FORTUNE Satsuma 1900
Antique DAIKOKUTEN MORIAGE Ceramic Japanese DEITY Figure FORTUNE Satsuma 1900
$50.00
Japanese Cobalt Blue Satsuma Earthenware Vase Geisha Samurai Figure Sg Nambe
Japanese Cobalt Blue Satsuma Earthenware Vase Geisha Samurai Figure Sg Nambe
$750.00
Beautiful Vintage Japanese Porcelain Figure of Wise Man With Staff 9 Satsuma
Beautiful Vintage Japanese Porcelain Figure of Wise Man With Staff 9 Satsuma
$149.00
Antique Satsuma Meiji geisa Geisha Figure Bijin 14 3 4 Large Figurine Statue
Antique Satsuma Meiji geisa Geisha Figure Bijin 14 3 4 Large Figurine Statue
$2,995.00
1900s Japanese Cobalt Blue Satsuma Earthenware Vase Figure Geisha Mk Hododa
1900s Japanese Cobalt Blue Satsuma Earthenware Vase Figure Geisha Mk Hododa
$500.00
Japanese Satsuma Figure of 	Ebisu holding a fish 675high Meiji period
Japanese Satsuma Figure of Ebisu holding a fish 675high Meiji period
$1,495.00