Japanese Seto Sometsuke Brush Washer
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All Items: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: item # 1052924
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Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
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Lovely brush washer, approximately dating from the end of Edo to the beginning of Meiji eras (2nd half of the XIXth century), in hexagonal shape with a rounded central part aimed at holding the water. It is surrounded by an outside part pierced with six openings, the whole painted in underglaze blue with flowers and spiral pattern.
Seto's pottery is one of Japan's oldest art form, but porcelain came to Seto rather late, at the beginning of the XIXth century. The so-called Seto Sometsuke (white porcelain with indigo pattern) originated in the manufacturing of porcelain in Arita.
The condition is good, except for a faint hairline crack on the lower part, and a bigger crack with a chip between two openings. Please, refer to the pictures.
Diameter of the brush washer: about 8.5 cm (3.3 in) and water container: 5.5 cm (2.2 in); height: about 7.8 cm (3.1 in)