Sumida-gawa pottery

Antique Japanese Sumida-gawa Bowl with a Mythical Phoenix | Sunbird

$380.00 Regular price $525.00


Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 7-0" x 4-1/2"

This unique globular form Flambe' bowl, (celadon foundation with ox blood splashed accents), has rounded sides, a wide mouth with everted rolled rim, and beautifully carved shoulders, surmounted by a light blue pale bluish glazed Phoenix bird in high relief. Its wings are outstretched and tail feathers flowing as it ducks under clouds in flight. This is a very unusual piece with unidentified incised pottery mark.

Vintage Condition: Great to exceptional. “As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted. ATTENTION: Because of the historic value and delicateness of this piece, we suggest you consider priority shipping and insurance from the delivery agent.  The dimensional shipping weight that we standardly use from USPS would not be sufficient. You can contact us to get a quote before purchase.

NOTE: The Phoenix is common in East Asia, and is “the” sunbird, which the sun is often represented in art form of a strange bird with a long feathery tail. In China and Japan, the mythical Phoenix was adopted as a symbol of the empress in a imperial household. This mythical bird represents fire, the sun, justice, obedience, fidelity, and the southern star constellations.