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The abraded surface of this large vessel is covered in rivulets of natural green ash glaze slipping down from the rim, revealing the dark rust colored surface below. A large and heavy Tsubo by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The rough texture demands to be touched, and doing so brings one a sense of the natural elements from which the vase was formed. Igneous and strong, it does not move when touched, like a heavy stone it has a sense of definition. The Tsubo is 13 inches (33 cm) diameter, 9 inches (23 cm) high and weighs 7 kilograms (15 lbs); in excellent condition. This artist has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Seto, Oribe, Iga and Celadon, all very different approaches which he masters one at a time, extending his unique view of the arts to new realms, and moving on to the next challenge when his appetite and personal genius has been satiated. He was exhibited and prized at the National Japanese Crafts Exhibition (Nihon Dento Kogei Ten), National Ceramics Exhibition (Nihon Togei Ten), Chunichi International Ceramics Exhibition (Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten) and Asahi Togei Ten among others, and is held in several important international collections. This is part of a collection of Kennin works we have recently acquired.