Otani Ware Turnip Shaped Tokkuri with Slip Decoration
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: item # 1182749
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This distinctive turnip-shaped Japanese stoneware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) with slip-trailed calligraphy was produced at the Otani kilns in Shikoku and dates to the mid-19th century. The heavily potted bottle was crafted in a marvelous shape known as “kabura” (turnip). The way in which the pot ascends into great swelling shoulders fully reflects the hard work that went into making it. The kanji characters for sake have been freely trailed with white slip glaze over the thick ash-speckled reddish brown glaze body. (See Figure 71 in FOLK KILNS II by Kichiemon Okamura from the Famous Ceramics of Japan series of books for a similar example.) This tokkuri from our extensive personal collection was illustrated in Figure 144 in our article on sake bottles which appeared in ARTS OF ASIA, January/February 1995.
Folk ceramics consist of various kinds of domestic kitchen wares which possess a natural dignity that stems from the combination of the materials used to make and fire the pottery, the craftsman’s technical skill, and the use to which such pottery is put. Folk-craft products or “mingei,” of which this tokkuri is representative, are objects used by common people. These commonplace, functional artifacts are endowed with a beauty directly connected with their utility – a beauty that is humble, unassuming and never pretentious. The qualities of beauty found in these objects are seen to derive from their having been made by craftsman working close to nature, using simple techniques and traditional styles.
CONDITION is excellent.
DIMENSIONS: 10” high (25.5 cm), 9” (23 cm) diameter at widest point; weight: 6.5 pounds (3 kg).