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Living National Treasure — Exhibition Piece — Uozumi Iraku III

Living National Treasure — Exhibition Piece — Uozumi Iraku III


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First presented at the Ishikawa Traditional Crafts Exhibition, this fine mizusashi crafted with extraordinary precision is a testament to the generational knowledge, skill, and dedication of one of Japan’s top traditional craftsman. Its tapered polished sides have a beautiful texture and luster that compliment perfectly with the hand-crafted custom lid adorning the top. Truly an exceptional artwork fused with the aesthetics of tea culture that gives it a sense of stability, calm, and timeless endurance.

Trained primarily by his grandfather who was also a Living National Treasure, Iraku III (b. 1937) learned the tradition art of metal gong making that he then adapted to producing a variety of decorative objects and metal implements, such as this exceptional ceremonial water basin (mizusashi). Due to the great precision and patience required in making metal gongs (dora), Uozumi’s skill at producing other metallic artworks is second to none. Additionally, since the gong plays an intrinsic role in tea ceremony—it is often used to signal the start of ceremony—he has also cultivated a deep spiritual philosophy that he incorporates into all of his pieces. Due to his excellence in crafting, Uozumi was granted the title of LNT in 2002 and today his pieces are held in private collections and museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo to name a few.

In excellent condition, this piece is 9.5 inches in diameter (24cm) and stands 4.75 inches tall to the top of the lid handle (12cm). It comes with its original box signed and sealed by the artist, with its original wrapping cloth, and with a placard from the exhibition where it was first displayed to the public. *** International shipping and insurance is included in the price.