Meiji Bijutsu

Edo-Meiji Period Agano Mizusashi from the Shirakawa Kiln

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Meiji Bijutsu
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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A truly splendid mizusashi (fresh water jar) made from around the end of the Edo period to the beginning of the Meiji period. The attractive sober blue glaze is typical of Agano ware.

Agano ware has been made in the Chikuzen province (current Fukuoka prefecture) in northern Kyushu since the beginning of the 17th century. It was patronized by the leader of the Hosokawa clan of that period, Hosokawa Tadaoki (15563-1646), who was a tea practitioner and ordered a Korean potter named Sonkai to establish a kiln in the Tagawa village. Agano ware was originally made for the tea ceremony and was very much favored by Kobori Enshu (1579-1647), the great tea master, who appreciated its simple design.

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The mizusashi bears the mark of the Shirakawa kiln. It is in excellent condition.
Dimensions: 18.5 x 21 cm (7.4 x 8.4 in); weight 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs)

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