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A large bottle-necked Mashiko vase impressed with rope patterns by Ningen Kokuho Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glaze and design typifies the work of this Living National Treasure; circular crests on the sides decorated with a splash of iron, the rest impressed with rope designs under pale glaze. It is 11 inches (27 cm) tall, roughly 5 inches (12 cm) square at the shoulder and in excellent condition.
After serving in World War II, Tatsuzo apprenticed under world famous Mashiko Mingei potter Hamada Shoji, establishing his own kiln in 1954. Working with rope patterns, Tatsuzo set out to create a style unique to himself, resulting in the piece you see here, which is quintessential Tatsuzo. In 1996 he was designated a Living National Treasure (Juyo Mukei Bunkazai or Ningenkokuho).