Bizen Tsubo by Nishimura Shunko
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1960: Item # 1192305
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
Sale - Inventory being renewed
magnificent tsubo (jar) was made by a Bizen master potter named Nishimura Shunko (1886-1953). Nishimura Shunko was born in Kyoto. He established his kiln in Inbe a subdivision of the town of Bizen, located in Okayama prefecture (ancient Bizen province), in 1909.
Bizen is one of the six oldest remaining Japanese pottery traditions. In that town, for more than one thousand years, potters have been producing a sober yet strong looking wood fired ceramic. This rustic pottery whose age gives it a noble air is still popular today in Japanese homes and restaurants alike.
Although he is not widely known, Nishimura Shunko was one of the pillars of Bizen pottery during the Taisho (1912-1926) and Showa (1926-1989) periods. He also taught potters like Urakami Zenji (1914-2006). His style is traditional but shows great energy and passion, as well as a high level of craftsmanship. This large and patriarchal jar is a fine testament of his mastery.
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The tsubo is signed and in perfect condition. It will be shipped in its original signed wooden box, whose sides do not hold well anymore.
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