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A lovely mizusashi for tea-ceremony. This piece dates from the Edo period and is of the e-Seto variety, “e” meaning drawing. Featuring rich earthy tones and intricate hand-drawn stencil designs of what appear to be a ring of passion flowers resting on a vine, this splendid composition leaves a lasting impression. Several kintsugi (gold) repairs attest to its great age and care that went into maintaining this piece through generations. The label on the lid of the box reads “e-Seto Hira Mizusashi” indicating it is a hira-type mizusashi, however, the label on the side of the box reads “e-Seto Kashibachi, Edo” meaning it is an e-Seto sweets dish used in tea ceremony dating from the Edo period. Despite the possibility of this piece being used as a kashibachi, the lacquered lid would suggest that it is more fittingly used as a mizusashi.
Going back over 1,300 years, Seto-ware has the distinction of being Japan’s oldest pottery tradition still active today. Made from the rich clay and silica of the Seto region, Seto porcelain in particular has been highly prized throughout the history of Japan.
This piece is 7.8 inches in diameter (20cm) and stands 3.5 inches tall (9cm). Overall it is in fine condition with some small blemishes on the lid and a number of “kintsugi” repairs which attest to its age and value.