This is a copy of the Kutani ware "Haha Tori" dish, which is in the National Museum in Tokyo and is designated as an important cultural property. This is the first of a series of stamps in the Traditional Crafts series, which was produced about 50 years ago.
On February 19, 2009, the TV program "Nandemo Appraisal Dan" described the Hahadori dish as a masterpiece of Kutani. It is a beautiful and gorgeous dish, but it was not until the Meiji era that I found out that the design of the bird was painted on a Chinese lacquer ware tray with the same pattern. This is the first time I've seen a Kutani Yaki porcelain tray with the same design. The lacquerware tray can be seen in a private museum in Noto.
I have been asked what kind of bird the Haha bird is, and I thought it might be a fictional bird since it does not exist in Japan, but bird painter Atsuyuki Uemura wrote that he saw many of them at the Ganzan Temple in China. This Kutani ware is an important cultural asset with a variety of stories behind it. It was painted by Yuzo Yamagishi, an artist selected for the Nitten and Traditional Craft Exhibition.