Are you tired of so many unspectacular items on the antique market? Here we present a real spectacular one - only one of a kind, an EARLY Momoyama Bizen hisago vase.
The very heavy body appears to be built from clay coils and then was thrown on a hand wheel, this and the combed decoration point to the Muromachi Period.
The beautiful yellow goma effect of the flying ash is now on the reverse side of the vase - indicating that the slight distortion was incidental and not part of the design.
Definitely a very early piece and one of the best items of ancient Japanese art ever.
The vase was exhibited from May to September 2011 at the Keramion Museum in Frechen (Germany) "Momoyama Keramik und ihr Einfluss auf die Gegenwart" (Momoyama Ceramics and its influence until today). Catalogue No. 57 (page 40), Frechen 2011, ISBN-978-3-94005-06-8
Kiribako wooden box inscribed on the lid: ko bizen-hisago hanaike and inside: Momoyama jidai no saku (followed by a remark of the high qualitiy of this object due to its fine goma type natural ash glaze. Katsura Matasaburo and sign with his 2 seals katasura and matasaburo over the "Momoyama Period".
Box has been repaired in the past and has some cracks but which do not affect its use.
Size: 25,7cm height x 15,5cm diameter. Very heavy.
Item will be sent together with box and a new edition of the book. It is a precious book with this item on page 40(german/english) and with a foreword of the Japanese ambassador in Germany.)