A Japanese Bizen-yaki Stoneware Vase. Middle Edo Period.
Ht. 6 3/4 ins. (17.3 cms) Diam. 7 3/4 (19.8 cms) This fine example of "real" Japanese pottery was made at the Bizen kilns during the 18th. century. The shape is distantly related to archaic Chinese bronzes but with an identifiably Japanese character. It would have been used for ikebana displays. It conforms to the aesthetic of the Japanese Tea Ceremony in which finesse of manufacture is not an end in itself and the character of the clay and glaze and the effects of fire upon them are allowed to be expressed naturally.
The condition is very good, there is no damage and no repairs. Within the foot rim are firing fissures which have largely healed themselves upon cooling. There is only a trace of the crack inside the vase and it is completely water tight. The small blob on the lip is glaze and not a repair.
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