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An undulating band of gold like an elaborate Nihsijin-ori obi (sash) seems to bind the layers of torn dark clay forming this stacking box by Nakamura Takuo (Baizan III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is comprised of three parts, inside decorated with bright patterns, outside austere but for the sig-sagging line of patterned gold. One is reminded of the antique mens Haori jackets, which were only ever decorated on the inside, always a dark color out. The box is 8 x 6 x 5-1/2 inches (20 x 15 x 14 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Nakamura Baizan (Takuo) was born in 1945, the second son of Baizan II. After working a regular job for a while, he returned to Kanazawa in 1978 to apprentice under his father, finding he could not get pottery out of his skin. His dark forms wrapped in iridescent colors like colorful obi on a subdued Kimono have received much acclaim, and his work is held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Chicago Museum of Art, and the Kanazawa 21st century Museum of Contemporary Art among others.