This bowl is reminiscent of a colorfully striped Nishijin-ori Kimono, blue and green and yellow on a base color of hemp. The rim rises and falls in a rhythmic dance aong the broad shoulder. Created by modern master Ajiki Hiro, it comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shio-Yu Wan, Basara. Basara is a term in Japanese aesthetics associated with the challenge of traditional ideals during the Muromachi period. It is also the name of a style of contemporary and colorful dance which is quite powerful and is associated with the 12 powerful warrior guardians of Buddhism (Basara, Sanskrit Vajra) among other things. The word itself invokes a powerful image.
Size, W 11.6 cm (4.1/2 inches) H 9.2 cm (3.1/2 inches)
Ajiki Hiro has been focusing in functional ceramic artworks for Tea Ceremony,in fact, only makes chawan these days, checkered salt-firing, and a number of other styles that are always sublime and perfect vessels for matcha. His works are both spontaneous and highly refined. He has been displayed nationally at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition) and received grand prize at the Tanabe Museum's Contemporary Tea Forms exhibition, Prize at the 4th Tanko Biennial for Tea Ceramics in 1996. His work has been collected by major institutions worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art among many others.