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Kaezan-yaki Mizusashi by Toraku

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1970: Item # 1062460
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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This is a very attractive mizusashi (water jar). Its auburn iron tones make it look like a rusty medieval armor, as the relief could mimic battle blows. In a chashitsu (tea room), its use might echo the phantomatic presence of feudal warriors, adepts of the tea ceremony, who once sought the sanctity of those spaces to share tea, even with their enemies.

The jar was made by a potter named Toraku in a little known style called Kaezan, probably from around the pottery town of Arita, on the Southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Unfortunately, I do not have more information about the craftsman.

The jar is in perfect condition and comes in a signed wooden box. The lid is made of lacquer and present tiny dents in three spots (see pictures). Dimensions: 20.5 x 16.5 cm (8.2 x 6.6 in); weight 1.5kg (3.3 lbs)

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