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A large Oni-Hagi Enpaku Tsubu by important Hagi artist Yamato Yasuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oni Hagi Enpaku Tsubo. This large vessel was chosen by the artist to represent himself in one of the first important anthologies on modern Japanese Pottery, Gendai Nihon No Togei (volume 8, published 1984) and is visible on page 66 of the book. Obviously a defining work in the artists mind. The pot is 14-1/2 inches (36.3 cm) diameter, 13 inches (33 cm) tall and in perfect condition, potted in 1983. It is likely no collector of Hagi will need an introduction to this innovative artist. Yamato Yasuo was born in 1933 to a long line of Hagi potters. He learned under his father Harunobu and grandfather Shoroku. One of the first to challenge many traditions associated with Hagi Yaki. He was displayed with Sodeisha, Kofukai, the Nitten, Nihon Dento Togei Ten, Nihon Togei Ten among many others. His list of prizes is most impressive and much too long to list and his influence on the world of Hagi pottery will likely be the source of a thesis someday in the not too distant future! He has been named an important cultural asset of Yamaguchi Prefecture (ken Juyo Mukei Bunkazai) and is held in the collection of the British Museum among many others.