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Japanese Shigaraki vase - Meiji

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Japanese Shigaraki vase - Meiji
This is an interesting flower vase of Japanese Shigaraki ware with an unusual feature of an imbedded metal ring for hanging the vase. The sagging top does not appear to be a kiln mistake but a planned part of the form. The only decoration on the vase is a row of wide cross hatching inside two incised rings at the shoulder of the piece. The pottery known as Shigaraki-yaki comes from Shigaraki Town and its surrounding area in the south of Shiga Prefecture. It has a long history and commercial pottery started in Shigaraki some time around the 13th century. Originally no glaze was used; instead, the potters relied on the natural properties of the clay. During firing the iron in the clay, it was oxidized and produced a red coloring and the heat drew out a greenish vitreous substance from the clay, which left an interesting natural glaze on the surface. These two features have given Shigaraki-yaki its characteristic and distinctive appearance. It is one of the six oldest kilns in Japan. There is an impressed potters signature on the base not translated. The vase is in excellent condition with no chips or restorations. It measures 4 1/2" high and is 4 1/4" diameter at its widest 3 1/2" diameter at the base. We date the piece to the mid to late Meiji period, circa 1885-1900.

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