Shino Chawan by Moritoki Taiyu
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Directory: Hidden: Viewable: Pre 2000: Item # 1193227
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
$250 - or Best Offer
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This very fine chawan (tea bowl) was made by a potter named Moritoki Taiyu. It is part of a series of bowls which come directly from his warehouse. 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).
Another strong chawan made by the artist. A classic looking vessel with three underglaze markings representing a square, a triangle and a circle; the three fundamental elements of the universe, from which everything is made, according to Zen monk Sengai Gibon (1750-1837). With such symbols to display, the bowl takes on a spiritual dimension, but still maintains its humble look, in earthly tones.
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The chawan is signed and in perfect condition. There is one spot where the glaze failed to stick during firing (yugire, in Japanese), a kind of Achilles's heel (see picture 11). We guarantee its authenticity (a box may be ordered for an extra fee; kindly inquire).
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