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This bold and impressive Oni-Shino Kannon vase is by the master potter and legendary personality; Tsukigata Nahiko (1923-2006). This rare wood fired Oni-Shino vase is a classic pot by the artist with a wide array of effects and attributes that Tsukigata is well known for which was further painted by the ferocity of the wood firing having one of the most complex surfaces by him that I have seen. The running natural ash which has accumulated on the face of the vase accentuate the verticality of the pot cloaked in running ash with flecks of rich copper like flashes peeking out from the surface together with a vivid and rich iron sheen across the back of the pot creating a beautifully contemplative, exotic and painterly pot.
Tsukigata Nahiko is responsible for the now over used term Oni-Shino, having coined it in the early 1970’s. Having studied with Arakawa Toyozo, Tsukigata went on to master a wide variety of Mino styles but will forever be linked with the terms Oni-Shino and his equally as unique, Oni-Iga works. He was widely exhibited and published during his lifetime and a large book, entitled ONI-SHINO accompanied a national television special on his life and work in 1973. You can read more about Tsukigata Nahiko by clicking on my homepage links page and going to my blog, I, POTTER in which I have written about him on several occasions. Though a bit heretical in thinking, I think that Tsukigata will be remembered in the company of Arakawa Toyozo and Kato Tokuro one day for his innovations and additions to the art of Shino and the Mino tradition. Oni-Shino works by Tsukigata exude a strength unlike almost any other Shino pottery that I have ever handled.
This vase is in excellent original condition with a rich and complex Oni-Shino surface and a wonderful presence, measuring 8.8" x 5.25". This vase is prominently marked on the base and comes, is double boxed with an exterior black roiro lacquer storage box and the original signed box. A wonderfully original and unique artwork by a master potter.