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A squat and belted Hagi Mizusashi covered in thick pale blue-tinted glaze by representative artist Yamato Yasuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. An early work by the artist, the glaze is softly crackled, lying thick in the grooves left by the artists fingers. Pinched handles barely escape the sides. The piece is 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 4-1/4 inches (11 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Outside the box is signed Shoroku, inside Yasuo-saku. Yamato Yasuo was born in 1933 to a long line of Hagi potters. He learned under his father Harunobu and grandfather Shoroku who would have been head of the kiln at the time of this pieces creation. He is one of Hagi’s most well respected artist, and his works are often displayed at the Nitten and other National Exhibitions. He has been named an important cultural asset of Yamaguchi Prefecture (ken Juyo Mukei Bunkazai).