This magnificent tokkuri (sake flask) is a Karatsu ware, made during the Edo period (1615-1868). Karatsu is the name of a small seaside city, located in the Northern part of Kyushu, the third largest island of the Japanese archipelago. Karatsu has been an important pottery production center since the 16th century. After having invaded Korea (1592-1598) the Japanese warlords brought back Korean potters and their techniques, to be used for their own needs as tea ceremony practitioners. Karatsu ware has therefore been associated with that art and its sober style is well adapted to the Zen rooted tradition.
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The tokkuri is in perfect condition. A small part the overglaze is missing (see picture 1, on the right) but that actually contributes to giving a noble air to the piece.
Dimensions: 12.5 x 19 cm (5 x 7.6 in)
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