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Yano Shin-ichi Otani-gama Henko Bottle/Vase

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Yano Shin-ichi Otani-gama Henko Bottle/Vase
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This large henko, molded bottle is by forth generation Otani-gama kiln master; Yano Shinichi. This henko comes with signed box and is in excellent condition.

The vase measures 5.25" X 5.25" X 10.25" but the measurements alone do not adequately present the volume and mass of this piece. The piece is glazed in two contrasting glazes to create the kanji for the four seasons and is known as a Vivaldi-henko after Vivaldi's famous musical work; The Four Seasons.

Though this may seem to be influenced by Shoji Hamada or Kawai Kanjiro, the Otani-gama goes back to 1780 and has been making functional and decorative wares, including molded henko since before either appeared on the scene.

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