A large covered casserole with a small pouring lip made of the low
fired folk pottery of the Shiraishi kilns of Saga Prefecture, Kyushu.
While the colors of the piece resemble Oribe, they are in fact not. The weight, due to the very low firing and the material, is quite light and the body soft (compared with the denser and heavier potting of Oribe pieces). This piece measures 12 1/2" wide from the tip of each handle to the other – the body is 11" diameter at the widest and the piece stands 6" high with the lid on. In excellent condition with no cracks or chips. We date the piece from the early 20th century, however it could be even earlier. No makers mark or signature. A very similar example of this piece is illustrated in "The Ceramic Art of Japan, A Handbook for Collectors" by Hugo Munsterberg, 1964, published by Charles E. Tuttle Company Inc (with dedication to Bernard Leach, Plate #11 and referenced on page 229. The illustrated example is from the author's collection. He describes the best examples of these kilns, from an artistic perspective, "the lidded cooking pots decorated with galena lead glaze."