Tanegashima Guinomi by Hosokawa Morihiro
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All Items: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Contemporary: item # 1027685
Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita-ken Japan 879-5104
This guinomi (sake cup) is the work of Hosokawa Morihiro (born in 1938), former Prime Minister of Japan. Hosokawa retired from the political life in 1994 and entered the world of pottery. He became the apprentice of Tsujimura Shiro, a potter specialized in Ido chawan (Ido tea bowl), and studied with him for a year and a half in Nara, close to Kyoto. Hosokawa specializes in the making of wares for the tea ceremony, especially raku-yaki chawan, with a preference for the classic mat-textured red and black bowls. He has also shown great talent and mastery with other styles of pottery like Shino, Karatsu and Ido, to name a few.
This small cup is a rarer work; it was made with clay from Tanegashima, a small island located south of the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. According to the potter, it is a clay difficult to work with, as it often cracks during firing. This particular piece, however, will hold sake like a true drinking companion.
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The guinomi is signed, in perfect condition, and comes in a signed wooden box. Dimensions: 6 x 4 cm (2.4 x 1.6 in); weight 66g (2.3 oz) The listed price includes EMS shipping.
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