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Momoyama Period White Shino Guinomi

Momoyama Period White Shino Guinomi

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Earthenware: Pre 1700: Item # 1291728
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Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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A superb example of the nobility of Momoyama period (1573-1615) pottery. This guinomi (sake cup) made in the Shino style of pottery was a witness to the unification of Japan by the samurai class lead by 3 formidable leaders: Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Shino pottery was born during that period and was quickly adopted by tea masters and warriors alike. Its glaze is originally white, the first instance of such glaze used in Japanese pottery.

This particular cup appears dignified in its simplicity. It is small but shows perfect balance and its well-aged white glaze tells the story of the hands that held it. Discernible details compose a microcosmos where all extremes exist in harmony: clear and dark, smooth and rough, strong and weak.

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The guinomi is in very good condition. Please look at the pictures for detailed views.
Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.8 cm (2.7 x 2.3 in), weight 121g (4.2 oz)

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Worldwide shipping by EMS, with insurance and tracking: $24
Please understand there might be some delay receiving clearance from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs to ship the cup outside of Japan (standard procedure for important and expensive antiques).
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