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Edo Period Set of Five Aka-raku Mukozuke

Edo Period Set of Five Aka-raku Mukozuke

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Edo Period Set of Five Aka-raku Mukozuke A splendid set of five mukozuke (dish for the Japanese ceremony) dating from the latter part of the Edo period.

The cups are made in the “warisansho” shape. It is a traditional and often used design that imitates the open sansho fruit (Japanese pepper).

The mukozuke are made in the raku style. The seals visible underneath the cups resemble one used by Raku Kichizaemon IX (1756-1834), but we are not certain of the origin. One of the dish is slightly different in shape than the four others. It was most probably added to complete the set by one of the former owners. In Japan, traditionally, pottery sets are composed of five pieces or multiple of five.

Some of the mukozuke bear very innocent and minute dents; not uncommon on raku ware of that age.
Size: each dish is about 12 x 8 cm (4.8 x 3.2 in)

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