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Dragonware and Moriage Pottery

During the late 19th century, techniques used by the makers and styles of oriental pottery such as Satsuma and Dragonware began to evolve and progress as the potters became more skilled and had access to better and more advanced machinery and kilns.

The use of Moriage is widespread throughout the range of Japanese and Chinese pottery that has been available over the last 200 years. Moriage is the term used to describe the layering of small beads or lines of slip clay onto the surface of the pottery, vase or bowl which is then glazed over to leave a relief that can be felt and seen. The Moriage beads were often painted gold after the glaze had been applied, giving the pottery item a unique and special finish. The beads were all placed onto the pottery by hand before it was fired in the kiln. Later, when the mass production of such items was started, the addition of the slip clay beads was replaced by adding small dots of enamel which speeded up the production time of each of the items.

VINTAGE Morimura Bros Nippon Moriage Hand Painted Matte Floral Scenic Vase
VINTAGE Morimura Bros Nippon Moriage Hand Painted Matte Floral Scenic Vase
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Vintage MORIAGE NIPPON TEA CUP 4x2
Vintage MORIAGE NIPPON TEA CUP 4x2
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Antique Nippon Hand Painted Porcelain Roses Moriage Ewer Vase Leaf Mark
Antique Nippon Hand Painted Porcelain Roses Moriage Ewer Vase Leaf Mark
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Moriage was also taken one step further and was used to create pottery vases and barrels that have heavily stylized relief designs. Pottery such as Dragonware featured this style and method heavily. The term Dragonware is used to describe a pot or vase that has an oriental dragon motif that has been built up using fine layers of slip clay, making a deep relief of the dragon or serpent that curls around the outside of the piece of pottery. Slip clay is a thick liquid clay that is used to make porcelain and pottery. The Dragonware was then painted in bright colors with scenes or images of Japanese or Oriental life, and the dragons were usually left with a minimal or white coloring. Although it began to be made in the late 19th century, Dragonware is still made today and is still very popular, being exported all over the world.

The raised, 3 dimensional parts of the moriage and Dragonware pieces were often added to the pottery using a technique known as slipwork. This involves mixing the clay with water to form a runny substance which is then poured into a shaped mold and allowed to set for a period of time before being added to the pottery just before the firing process.

Some of the Dragonware and beaded moriage pottery may not be marked, painted with or stamped with the mark of the designer or factory where it was made. It was common for pieces of Nippon pottery to have a small paper label applied which may have now been lost or destroyed.

Japan China Tea Cup  Saucer Set Gray Black Dragon With Blue Eyes Dragonware
Japan China Tea Cup Saucer Set Gray Black Dragon With Blue Eyes Dragonware
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vtg TEA SET W 6 CUPS JB Betsons Moriage Dragonware BEX8 Raised Dragon Japan
vtg TEA SET W 6 CUPS JB Betsons Moriage Dragonware BEX8 Raised Dragon Japan
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Vintage Dragonware Nude Geisha Girl Lithophane Demitasse Tea Cup  Saucer
Vintage Dragonware Nude Geisha Girl Lithophane Demitasse Tea Cup Saucer
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Vintage MiniatureJapanese Gray Moriage Dragonware Tea Set Complete in Box Nice
Vintage MiniatureJapanese Gray Moriage Dragonware Tea Set Complete in Box Nice
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VINTAGE JAPAN DRAGONWARE SET OF 5 CHINA TEACUPS  SAUCERS XLNT
VINTAGE JAPAN DRAGONWARE SET OF 5 CHINA TEACUPS SAUCERS XLNT
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Vtg Japanese Dragonware Gold Trim Trinket Tray Pin Dish Ashtray
Vtg Japanese Dragonware Gold Trim Trinket Tray Pin Dish Ashtray
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17 piece Vintage Moriage Dragonware Demitasse Tea set
17 piece Vintage Moriage Dragonware Demitasse Tea set
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NUDE LITHOPANE DRAGONWARE CHINA SET 3 TEACUPS  CREAM  SUGER NICE
NUDE LITHOPANE DRAGONWARE CHINA SET 3 TEACUPS CREAM SUGER NICE
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VTG 3 Moriage Dragonware Demitasse Teacups Need Replacement Cups
VTG 3 Moriage Dragonware Demitasse Teacups Need Replacement Cups
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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.

ANTIQUE JAPANESE MORIAGE GILDED SATSUMA IMMORTALS VASE 10tall
ANTIQUE JAPANESE MORIAGE GILDED SATSUMA IMMORTALS VASE 10tall
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Japanese Meiji Satsuma Immortals Vase
Japanese Meiji Satsuma Immortals Vase
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Satsuma Bowl 1000 Faces Immortal Rare Fine Meiji Period
Satsuma Bowl 1000 Faces Immortal Rare Fine Meiji Period
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JAPANESE SATSUMA IMMORTAL VASE RAISED MORIAGE GOLD VINTAGE NIPPON
JAPANESE SATSUMA IMMORTAL VASE RAISED MORIAGE GOLD VINTAGE NIPPON
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Satsuma Vase 1000 Faces Immortal or Samurai  Dragon Fine Meiji Period Choshuzan
Satsuma Vase 1000 Faces Immortal or Samurai Dragon Fine Meiji Period Choshuzan
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GORGEOUS ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CELESTIAL IMMORTAL SCHOLAR SATSUMA VASE
GORGEOUS ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CELESTIAL IMMORTAL SCHOLAR SATSUMA VASE
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VTG antique Japan Satsuma Style Moriage Immortals Hand Painted Vase 95 signed
VTG antique Japan Satsuma Style Moriage Immortals Hand Painted Vase 95 signed
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JAPANESE PORCELAIN ANTIQUE FIGURAL MEN SATSUMA IMMORTAL SCHOLAR
JAPANESE PORCELAIN ANTIQUE FIGURAL MEN SATSUMA IMMORTAL SCHOLAR
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Museum Quality Antique Japanese Kinkozan Family Satsuma Vase
Museum Quality Antique Japanese Kinkozan Family Satsuma Vase
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