Monday, March 21, 2016
Not All Banko!!
All over the internet you find auction sites that sell "Banko Yaki", but they are not all Banko!! There are a many similar types of wares that have found their way into the "Banko Bucket".
Itsukaku Yaki (pottery of the Itsukushima Shrine) on Miyajima Island, near Hiroshima.
Ehime Prefecture wares in this motif:
Suigetu Yaki (水月焼)
This is pottery made in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture on the Island of Shikoku. This ware started in the Meiji Era by Tsunekata Yoshikawa. It usually has a crab crawling out of it somewhere!
Tobe Yaki (砥部焼)
Tobe Yaki is pottery of Ehime Prefecture. It is most noted for its blue and white porcelain. Some of the wares resemble 3D wares described as Banko in on-line auctions. A shrine or trees are carved into part of the work creating an indented 3D scene.
Chinoike Yaki (Shiga Prefecture) (血池焼)
The most common wares are the ceramic faces. They also make similar 3D cups motif cups, vases and such.
Doro Yaki (mud fired)
Doro Yaki seems to be a generic term for Banko and similar items being exported.
Yashima Yaki (aka Rinzo Yaki)
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