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A set of five Kama-hen Cups by Iga artist Banura Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Exquisitely formed, with a wide stable base featuring four slight arches rising slightly from the table, creating a sense of light weight despite the wide bottom. There are small cuts of clay taken from the sides and the entire is covered in white slip revealing highlights of the underlying clay at the ridges. Each is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter, roughly 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) tall and all are in excellent condition.
Shiro was born the fourth son of Living National Treasure for Lacquerware. His sensitivity to textures may stem from that exacting influence. Although his older brother succeeded the family tradition (another branching into paper arts), Shiro, after graduating the Kyoto University of Fine Art, apprenticed in the plastic arts under Kawamura Kitaro (1899-1966). He has an impressive list of exhibitions, including a private exhibition at the Umeda Kindai Bijutsu-Ten as well as the Niponbashi Mitsukoshi, Takashimaya, and Ikebukuro Tobu, the equivalent of being displayed on New Yorks Fifth Avenue or other cities most Trendy streets, as well as many international exhibitions. Like most Iga-area artists, his output is low, but quality and originality high, making his work very much in demand.