Stately and subtle, this tall vase exemplifies the virtues that have made Oribe stoneware favored by Japanese tea ceremonial connoisseurs and others for centuries. The soaring form and intentionally coarse surface make a monolithic background for the underglaze iron-oxide designs of weathered pinetrees on one side and the cavelike scene of "hanging persimmons" suspended from a slanted double border of latticework on the other. A green mantle of glaze engulfs the upper portion, a surprise of purplish-red bleeding out of the lower edges -- an effect I associate with wares of the late Nineteenth Century to the early Twentieth Century, the period of this piece. Condition is perfect. Approximately 11-1/4 inches tall by 5-1/2 inches at the largest diameter.