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A large playful vase performed in Persian influenced style by Seto artist Kato Kinzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Bold, joyful dials surround the banded sides in black on glossy blue-green. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, 10 inches (25.5 cm) diameter and in prefect condition. Kinzo was born in 1929, and specialized in Oribe and Seto-Guro ceramics for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. This is an unusually large and eccentric piece for the normally more subdued artist. His works have been displayed at the Nitten national exhibition as well as the Asahi Ceramics exhibition, and he was granted the Mayors prize at the Seto City Exhibition. Silk Road ceramics, and particularly traditional Persian designs, had a huge influence on Japanese potters in the 3rd quarter of the 20th century.