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An Okinawan Tsuboya Cruet â 20th Century

An Okinawan Tsuboya Cruet – 20th Century

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1960: Item # 1033026

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This is a small but charming Okinawan cruet or ewer with a dark brown and tan glaze. The piece measures 5 1/2” high by 4 1/2” wide at its widest and the base is 2 ¾” diameter. It is in excellent condition – not signed. We date it to the early to mid 20th century.

Over the centuries, Okinawa has become quite well-known for its cultural heritage and art. One of Okinawa's most distinct and well-known art forms is pottery, and the center for the pottery movement is Tsuboya. For more than 300 years, Naha's Tsuboya district has been the symbol for Okinawa pottery. It has produced many famous craftsmen who have gained fame and reputation far outside of Okinawa. The pottery made in Tsuboya is known as tsuboya-yaki.

Tsuboya-yaki (Tsuboya ware) has played a significant role in the development of and leads in the production of Okinawan pottery. In Tsuboya, pottery is called "yachimun" in Okinawan dialect. Jo-yachi is a kind of Tsuboya ware that is glazed and baked at approximately 1200 degrees. Jo-yachi ware includes crockery for daily use, such as bowls, pots, plates, and teapots, as well as awamori containers, such as dachi-bin (hip flask) and karakara (awamori flagon), and vases.