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Set of two Oni and one Monk by Unokawa Kazumasa

Set of two Oni and one Monk by Unokawa Kazumasa

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Directory: Artists: Ceramics: Pottery: Sculptural: Contemporary: Item # 1159149
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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95,000 yen - EMS shipping included

This intriguing trio of small statuettes was made by a potter named Unokawa Kazumasa, whose spiritual sensibility is reflected in his work. Though he is a master of the rigorous Tenmoku pottery, he has veered to work more freely on pieces that can better express his poetry as a true artist. Here, the Zen monk seems to have calmed down the wild hearts of the two Oni (demons), who appear tamed, maintaining balance and harmony.

Unokawa Kazumasa, born in Nara in 1952, not far from Kyoto, is a master craftsman of Tenmoku pottery. He never had a mentor and let “the clay, the kiln, the fire and nature be his teachers”. As a true artist, he allows the clay to express itself through him and engages it in a creative dialogue from which are born heavenly gems. Unokawa Kazumasa says: “There are various faces and personalities in pottery, which I see. They reveal themselves to me as I carefully come face-to-face with them.” Unokawa-sensei regularly holds exhibitions in Osaka and Nara, among other Japanese cities. And he was even made an honorary citizen of Santa Cruz, after an exposition there, in 1988.

The statuettes are in perfect condition. They are signed and will be shipped in signed wooden boxes (please allow for a few weeks for the box to be made and signed).

Dimensions: Oni a 9.5 x 8 x 13 cm; weight 750g (3.8 x 3.2 x 5.2 in; 26.3 oz), Oni b 15 x 8.5 x 14 cm; weight 800g (6 x 3.4 x 5.6 in; 28 oz), Monk 6.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 cm; weight 320g (2.6 x 2.6 x 3.8 in; 11.2 oz)

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