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A large mizusashi extolling thevirtues of True Momoyama Bizen by Abe Anjin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The iron like quality of the work comes from the temperature at which Anjin fires, 200 degrees higher than most Bizen potters. Scars and interconnecting symbols harken back to the days of group firing and kiln marks. The piece is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) diameter, 7 inches (18 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Very rare!
Born in Osaka in 1938, the mysterious recluse began his artistic carreer as an oil painter training under Miyamoto Saburo. Although best known for his Momoyama inspired Bizen works, he began delving into the pottery world with Raku, then moved into Shigaraki and Bizen, firing from a kiln in Ehime prefecture, then Okayama and has also fired Nanban ware. Works by the artist are held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto as well as the Imperial Household Collection among many others.