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Ko-shigaraki Suribachi

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1980: Item # 1224012
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Here is a remarkable suribachi (mortar) made in the Shigaraki pottery tradition.

It presents the wonderful features of that pottery which gets covered with wood ashes during the firing process. The play of vitrified glaze and colors depends on where the pottery is located inside the kiln. With this particular piece, the result is quite stunning and creates a splendid keshiki (landscape).

Shigaraki is one of the oldest pottery traditions in Japan. It is said to have been made in the Shigaraki village since the 8th century; yet that town has been known for its pottery since 1278, during the Kamakura period (1185-1333). From the 16th century, the pottery tradition became popular with tea masters like Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591).

The box the mortar comes with describes it as a “ko-shigaraki”, which means either that the piece is ancient or that it is made of a clay that bears that name. We think it is the latter.

Please let us know if you have some questions.

The suribachi is in excellent condition and will be shipped with the marked wooden box.
Dimensions: 34 x 12.5 cm (13.6 x 5 in), 3.2 kg (7 lbs)

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