An unusal form by Ito Motohiko of rectangular shape with undulating wave top like the gold clouds on a traditional screen,, emblazoned with young pine branches by Ito Motohiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nunome Wakamatsu Mon Kabin (Cloth Textured Pine Motif Vase). This is just in time for New Years displays. Pine is one of the traditional motifs displayed at New Years as it is ever-green, and represents consistency and strength through the cold winter months. The sapling branches indicative of the coming spring.
Size, D 18.2 cm ( 7.1 inches) H 27.1 cm ( 10.6 inches)
Ito Motohiko was born in Fukuoka prefecture, 1939, and graduated the Tokyo University of Art in 1964, then moved on to advanced courses there, finishing in 1966. While at University he studied under Kato Hajime and Fujimoto Yoshimichi. It was in 1967 his first piece was accepted into the 6th Modern National Crafts Exhibition, and the next year would be spent working under to-be-Living National Treasure Matsui Kosei. His list of prizes and exhibitions is much too long to reproduce, but since 1967, he has Exhibited with the Nihon Dento Kogeiten, Nihon Dento Kogei Shinsaku Ten, Dento Kogei Musashino Ten, Tanabe Museum Modern Tea Forms Exhibition, been the subject of an NHK Television documentary, and participated in a ridiculous number of private exhibits at many of Japans top venues, and has been purchased by the current Emperor in person as well as receiving the Shijuho-sho prize from his majesty.