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A large baluster celadon vase by Miyanaga Tozan with auspicious beast-head ring handles enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Superb craftsmanship, signed on the base. It is 13 x 9-1/2 inches (32 x 24 cm) and is in excellent condition. Due to size the cost of shipping may be accrued separately depending upon destination.
Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa prefecture, and graduated from the (now) Tokyo University of Art. While a government employee, he represented Japan at Arts Expositions, and studied art in Europe before returning to Japan in 1902 to devote himself to the production of ceramics, with great emphasis on celadon, one of the most difficult of all ceramic wares. He was direct teacher or mentor to a number of prominent artists including Kitaoji Rosanjin and Arakawa Toyozo. His kiln is now in the third generation, run by his grandson.