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Tombo-no-me (Dragonfly eyes) burst out all over the the surface of this terracotta Shigaraki vessel splashed with green ash-glaze by Takahashi Rakusai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 10 inches (25 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Born in Shigaraki in 1900, Rakusai was considered one of the true masters of Shigaraki and Iga-yaki, along with Naokata and later Michio. He worked toward the revival of Kamakura and Muromachi wares like this piece, and came to the world stage when he won international acclaim after being prized at the 1958 Brussels Exposition. He was later named a Shiga-ken Juyo Mukei Bunkazai and is credited as one of the artists that saved Japanese pottery from extinction in the post-war years. He eschewed the National Competitions and was a proponent of the world of private exhibition. He died in 1976.