Catfish and Kappa bowl by Kyoyaki artist Bakuha
The Kyoyaki artist "Bakuha" (Mr. Yamamoto Yuji, born in 1945)
has won various prizes for his hand-painted pieces and holds regular exhibitions
in the Kanto region. He is known for his humorous take on traditional themes
and this Kappa water sprite, surprised by a giant catfish is a fine example.
The dynamic catfish fills the bowl with its presence, its whiskers and
tail almost escaping over the rim. Its bulbous eyes and mischevious grimace
match those of the Kappa, whose expression and posture as it peers over
the edge is charmingly comical. The outer edges of the bowl are decorated
with overglaze grasses to resemble the bottom of a river. A piece of exquisite
craftsmanship guarranteed to raise a chuckle, this bowl would make an interesting
focal point in any home.
Approx. size: diameter 6.6"(16.8cm),height 3.6"(9.2cm)
Handcrafted in Kyoto, Japan
US$569.99 (Shipping charges not included) SOLD
*The bowl comes in a signed wooden box.