This is a SAKE BOTTLE OF JAPANESE BIZEN WARE. It was made around 40 years ago.
Very good condition (please see photos). Diameter: 2.9". Height: 5.5". Weight with box: 17.50 oz (500 grs).
Bizen Pottery is one of the six famous ancient medieval pottery styles in Japan. It is also known as "Imbe Pottery" based on the name of the area. The brownish surface produced by the combination of clay and fire. During the firing process, the straw burns away, leaving a 'flash' of sodium vapor on the surface of the pot, which causes a slight glaze formation. These glaze flashes turn the light colored stoneware, and show the areas where the straw was in contact with the body. These pieces are created in a kiln that continues firing for two weeks at a temperature of about 1,300 deg C. Today the unparalleled long history and tradition of Bizen Pottery, as well as its infinite beauty are firmly inherited by excellent artists and potters who produce great pieces from their kilns in Bizen.