Meiji Bijutsu

Shuhai Set, after Nonomura Ninsei

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1990: Item # 1176936
Meiji Bijutsu
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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This set of two beautiful shuhai (sake cups) is a skillfully made miniature reproduction of a set of two chawan (tea bowls) made by a legendary 17th century Japanese potter named Nonomura Ninsei. Ninsei is credited with being the father of Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware), a pottery tradition that has its roots in both the stoicism of Zen temples and the refinement of the ancient imperial capital of Japan. Ninsei's work is the embodiment of those two worlds, which still resonates in the culture of modern Japan.

The original set of chawan was made as a gift to the wife of emperor Go-Mizuno-o (1596-1680), Tofukumon-in, in the taste of Kanamori Sowa (1584-1656), a tea master of that time. The two tea bowls are currently part of the permanent collection of the city of Atami's Museum of Art, located in the Shizuoka prefecture. The set of sake cups is available at the museum shop there, and in our catalog (we have three sets available at this time).

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Both cups are in excellent condition and will be shipped in a wooden box that bears the seal of the MOA Museum of Art. Dimensions: larger cup 5 x 4.6 cm (2 x 1.84 in), 48g (1.68 oz); smaller cup 4.2 x 4 cm (1.72 x 1.6 in), 32g (1.12 oz)

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