Rare figure, 15 cm.
The style of applied figures on a surface with flowing glaze was invented about 1890 by the Seto potter Ryosai I, who worked in Tokyo from about 1875 to 1900. A great number of the pieces are probably the work of a single family - Inoue Ryosai I (b. 1828), Inoue Ryosai II (b. 1860), and Inuoue Ryosai III (1888-1971).