A Seto Ware pouring bowl with short spout – a single circular very Zen underglaze brown decoration. Measures 5" diameter by 2 3/4" high. Mint condition - it dates to the early to mid Meiji period, circa 1880's. There are five spur marks on the wide bottom rim of the raised base. Seto ware. pottery was ( and is still) made in the city and nearby areas of modern Aichi prefecture. The Seto area was the center of pottery manufacture in the Kamakura period; At the end of the Muromachi period the center of the pottery manufacture moved to nearby Mino. At that time, wares made in the area from Seto to Mino were called setoyaki. In the early Edo period, some pottery manufacture moved back to Seto. In the Meiji period, setoyaki adapted Western techniques, gaining great popularity. It utilizes an iron-rich wood-ash glaze and is reduction fired at a high temperature to produce a celadon-like texture and bone color; in an oxygen-rich kiln, the minerals in the clay and glaze create a distinctive opaque yellow glaze.