Meiji Bijutsu

Momoyama Period E-karatsu Mukozuke


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Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan


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A splendid mukozuke (cup to serve dishes during the Japanese tea ceremony) dating from the Momoyama period (1573-1615). It is made in the E-karatsu (picture-karatsu) style of pottery, lobed-shaped and decorated with stylized flowers; a superbly balanced ensemble.

Karatsu is the name of a small seaside city, located in the Northern part of Kyushu, the third largest island of the Japanese archipelago. It has been an important pottery production center since the 16th century. After having invaded Korea (1592-1598) the Japanese warlords brought back Korean potters and their techniques, to be used for their own needs as tea ceremony practitioners. Karatsu ware has therefore been associated with that art and its sober style is well adapted to the Zen rooted tradition.

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The mukozuke is in very good condition and will be shipped in an antique fitted wooden box.
Dimensions: 10 x 7.5 cm (4 x 3 in), weight 152g (5.32 oz)

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Worldwide shipping by EMS, with insurance and tracking: $29
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