Fukurokuju, Japanase Satsuma Porcelain , end of 19th Century
This smiling character with an inordinately elongated skull is a deity named Fukurokuju. This piece is a true manifesto of the technical perfection reached by the ceramists of Satsuma. The subtle work of the glaze and enamels transcribes with almost perfect illusion the set of materials: the thickness of the embroidered patterns, the texture of the skin, The softness of the beard. All infusing to the work a charming spontaneity.