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Japanese Mingei Tokkuri (Sake bottle) or flower vase

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Folk Art: Pre 1920: Item # 1216585

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Richard van Norten - by appointment
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Antique and unique Japanese Mingei Sake Bottle (Tokkuri), also usable as a flower vase. It is approx. 100 years old and made of old Shino-Ware.

You will find two amazing images on it, made with iron-oxid. Enjoy sake or beautiful flowers with this antique Mingei Folk Art item.

Mingei (民芸 lit. folk arts or arts of the people), the Japanese folk art movement, was developed in the late 1920s and 1930s in Japan. Its founding father was Yanagi Sōetsu (1889–1961).

The philosophical pillar of mingei is hand-crafted art of ordinary people. Yanagi Sōetsu discovered beauty in everyday ordinary and utilitarian objects created by nameless and unknown craftsmen. According to Yanagi, utilitarian objects made by the common people are beyond beauty and ugliness. Below are a few criteria of mingei art and crafts:

made by anonymous crafts people - produced by hand in quantity - inexpensive - used by the masses - functional in daily life - representative of the regions in which they were produced.

Yanagi's book The Unknown Craftsman has become an influential work since its first release in English in 1972. Yanagi's book examines the Japanese way of viewing and appreciating art and beauty in everyday crafts, including ceramics, lacquer, textiles, and woodwork.

Meiji-Taisho period, early 20th century.

Size: High 15cm (5,9''), Wide 10cm (3,94'')

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