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A truly magnificent and rare tsutsu (cylindrical) mukozuke, a cup to serve dishes during the Japanese tea ceremony. It dates from the Momoyama period (1573-1615), the Golden Age of tea ceremony ware; a period when warriors would lay down their swords to drink tea with their enemies, in tea rooms designed by tea master Sen-no-rikyu (1522-1591).
This particular cup is made in the Narumi Oribe tradition, one of the styles of Mino pottery usually characterized by the vivid contrast of green glaze and terra cotta clay, and abstract motifs, although there are of course variations. More recently, the world renown contemporary potter Suzuki Goro has given new life to that tradition.
As can be seen on the pictures, the cup is battle hardened; it was masterfully repaired, using a shard from a similar cup, lacquer and gold. The apparent dent at the foot of the cup actually gives an interesting accent to the vessel, and I believe that is why it was left as it is. It is a very attractive example of the genre and a splendid survivor of that era. Mukozuke with that shape have been mainly used in Kyoto for "kaiseki-ryori" (kaiseki cuisine).
The mukozuke is in good condition. It presents a very fine and innocent hairline (see pictures 10 & 11). Other lines due to the making process are also visible. The cup will be shipped in a fitted wooden box.
Dimensions: 6.4 x 10.7 cm (2.6 x 4.3 in), weight 257g (9 oz)
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EMS shipping charges (with insurance and tracking): $32
Please understand there might be some delay receiving clearance from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs to ship the cup outside of Japan (standard procedure for important and expensive antiques).
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