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Extremely Rare Momoyama Hand Warmer ( 'Shuro' )

Extremely Rare Momoyama Hand Warmer ( 'Shuro' )

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Earthenware: Pre 1700: Item # 1218832

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Have you ever seen a shuro made of Shino-yaki from the Momoyama-Period? Try to hunt for it on the antique market, it is very rare. Also on trocadero you will not find one except ours. This is for the deep lovers of ancient Japanese Culture and art.

In the days of traditional Japanese wooden buildings keeping warm must have been a constant preoccupation. Hand warmers like the present example were small hibachi which would have a layer of sand on which charcoal would be burned to enable people to warm their hands by grasping the pot.

The valuable ceramic shuros were reserved and used mostly from the samurais, the daimyous and the buddha monks.

Usually the pot would be heavy and thick to retain the heat - this large and heavy example ( just over 2 kg ) is in the style of the celebrated Shino-yaki wares and may well be from the first Shino kilns end of 16th century; the underglaze design of pine trees is typically Shino.

This late Momoyama Period shuro is in very good condition with no damage and no repairs.

Size: approx.20cm height and 68 cm circumference / extent

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