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Oribe Chawan by Suzuki Goro

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 2000: Item # 940229
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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This magnificent chawan (tea bowl) is a perfect embodiment of the Oribe tradition of Japanese pottery by one of its masters: Suzuki Goro. Oribe ware was born to be used during the tea ceremony in rooms that are designed to be micro cosmoses and where every element is itself an image of everything that is. This includes tea bowls, which play the role of chalices during those ceremonies. Oribe chawan which are often asymmetric are some of the most spectacular vessels. Three dimensional ideograms, they are strong and weak, heavy and light, rough and soft. They are a splendid expression of the balance of the universe, and this particular piece is as timeless as it.

Suzuki Goro is a potter who goes beyond that usual appellation. He has developed a unique way of expressing himself through ceramics, basing his work on traditional styles from the Mino tradition: Shino, Oribe, Ki-Seto (yellow Seto), Setoguro (black Seto) and the Karatsu tradition. His works, which have a strong sense of individualism, include tea bowls with colorful painted cars and life size chairs, but he is also a master of more orthodox pieces. In 2002, Suzuki Goro received the very prestigious Japan Ceramic Society Prize.

The chawan is signed and in perfect condition. It will be shipped in a signed box. Dimensions: 14.5 x 7.5 cm (5.8 x 3 in)

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