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Hamada Shinsaku Koma Shaped Japanese Ceramic Vase

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A Koma (Shogi Playing piece) shaped bottle by Hamada Shinsaku decorated with iron on a two glaze surface enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kake-ai yu Tetsu-e Henko.  On one side a Bonji triad (Sanskrit characters) intimates at Buddhist precepts, while opposite descending fish scales intimate the carp, which becomes a dragon; and a dragon is the guardian of Buddhist doctrine.   
Size, D 21.2 cm   H 26.8  cm  
Condition, Excellent 
Born the second son of Hamada Shoji in Tokyo, at a very young age his father moved the family to Mashiko, where he would start one of the most successful kilns of the 20th century propagating the Mingei philosophy of function as the basis for art. Shinsaku worked closely with his father, slowly taking over the reins from the early 70s. In 1980 his work was purchased for the prefectural governor’s residence, and in 1986 was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He works alongside his son Tomo at the kiln established by his father, and has slowly ceded the reins to him in true mingei style, silently passing the torch to the next generation.