Nezumi Shino Chawan by Moritoki Taiyu
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 2000: Item # 1186807
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
This remarkable chawan (tea bowl) was made by a potter named Moritoki Taiyu. Moritoki Taiyu was born in Bizen in 1920. At the age of 30, he began studying pottery, starting with Bizen ware and moving on to Mino ware (oribe, seto, shino...). Moritoki Taiyu is also known for his calligraphic works, which shows honesty, fortitude and dynamism, traits also found in his pottery.
This particular bowl is made in the Shino style of pottery, which was born in the kilns of the Mino province (current Aichi and Gifu prefectures) more than four hundred years ago, during the Momoyama period (1568-1615). There are many appellations within the Shino genre, nezumi being one of them and meaning “mouse”, refering to the grey tones of the glaze, although in this case, they are overtaken by a warm reddish brown which gives a serene and poised look to the rather heavy, masculine vessel.
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