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Living National Treasure Nakajima Hiroshi Large Celadon Tsubo Vase


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Here we take an opportunity to announse of a tragedy in the world of Japanese ceramics,Living National Treasure Nakajima Hiroshi passed away last month (Mar 7 2018) at age 76.
There is no doubt about the superlative nature of the deep celadon glazes used by Hiroshi, and this vessel is no let down. A creamy blue crackling glaze covers this artful form which comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Seiji Tsubo.
Size, D 29.6 cm H 28.2 cm
Condition, Excellent
Nakajima Hiroshi 1941-2018 was born in Hiroshima. He became an independent potter in 1969 in Yano, Saga Prefecture, choosing to specialize in one of the most challenging fields of Celadon ware. That same year he was first accepted into the Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition, and in 1977 he would be awarded for the first time at that prestigious venue. In 1981 he was awarded the Prime Ministers prize in the Nishi Nihon Togeiten (West Japan Ceramic Exhibition). This was followed two years later by the most prestigious Japan Ceramics Society award in 1982 (He would be awarded their gold prize in 2006). In 1985 he would travel to China to study pottery and excavate at ancient kiln sites. He was named an intangible cultural asset of Saga prefecture in 1990. After many more he would finally be named a Living National Treasure (Mukei Bunkazai) in 2007, and received the 65th West Japan Order of Cultural Merit.