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Classical Iga mizusashi by noted master Japanese potter; Kishimoto Kennin (b.1934). This mizusashi, based on Momoyama and early Edo Iga archetypes, sports a rugged purpose with a reliance on tradition while not being a slave to it. In a tea room or on a shelf this pot has both a commanding presence and impressive volume . The mouth and shoulder are bordered in a rich green coat of green glassy ash which cascades down most of the face of the pot and settles in and around the shoulder, interior mouth and coats the back wall and floor of the interior. Though a thoroughly Iga pot, the clay body is actually wonderful Shigaraki clay with a healthy amount of feldspar inclusions and the body shows a lovely wet hue of fire color to complete the surface.
Kishimoto has been making pots since the early 1950’s and is well know for a wide variety of wares that he has made including Shigaraki, Iga, Iga-Oribe, celadon and Ki-Seto. He has mastered each style he has turned his attention to. Well displayed, exhibited and published, Kishimoto is highly collected in Japan and the west.
This mizusashi with lid measures approximately 20 x 20cm is in excellent condition and comes complete with its original signed box. The base of the pot bears an exhibit sticker from one of Kishimoto's contemporary exhibitions.