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Oribe is a visual style named after the late-16th-century tea master Furuta Oribe (1544-1615). Typically, black or green glazes are applied to the bodies of these works and light-colored windows are created using feldspar. These high-contrast areas then acts as a canvas upon which abstract, minimalistic, and often naturalistic themes are painted.
Typical of Mino pieces of the time, this Oribe chawan is made of coarse, unrefined clay. The brilliant green color is the result of copper glaze applied to the clay body which is then fired at 1220 degrees C—creating an oxidation reaction. More difficult to produce than works of black Oribe, if the exact conditions are not met, the piece may unintentionally change to a brown or reddish color. Another distinguishing feature of this work is the distorted and exaggerated “kutsugata” shape which is in stark contrast to many other potting traditions in Japan that tend towards more regular and orthodox forms.
In fine condition and furnished with its own wood box, this piece is 6.5 inches in diameter (16.5 cm) and stands 3 inches tall (7.5 cm). An especially beautiful composition, the front and back of the bowl are decorated with naturalistic paintings combined with minimalistic abstract designs.
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