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Japanese Antique Bizenware Hibachi as a Shishi Mask

Japanese Antique Bizenware Hibachi as a Shishi Mask


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1920: Item # 1343162

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A monumental Bizenware hibachi formed as a shishi mask. Originally used by the samurai class, hibachi were used since Heian times as portable heaters made usually of wood or lacquer and later metal and ceramic. This one is made of the highly resistant, iron-rich Bizen pottery. One of the oldest forms of pottery in Japan, Bizen ware pieces, like this shishi mask, are heavy in weight due to its iron-rich content. The shishi mask is boldly sculpted with unglazed surface and at the base small claw-like paws are visible. An impressive piece overall that will last a lifetime. Very good condition with only firing marks along the base, typical during firing process. Height: 17”, width: 18” 19th Century, Japan