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Important Edo Period Narumi Oribe Mizusashi


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1800: Item # 1457307

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Important and extremely rare Mid Edo Period Narumi Oribe Mizusashi (fresh water container) in perfect antique condition with no cracks or repairs and with its original lid. It is almost impossible to find such an old and valuable Oribe Mizusashi - so take your chance. It comes with a very good Japanese wooden box.

Narumi Oribe ware is comprised of white and red (reddish brown) clays. The white clays are glazed with green glaze. The red (reddish brown) clays are decorated with white mud and iron pigment. Its decorative and novel designs have been liked by Chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) lovers since the early 17th century.

Oribe ware was named for Furuta Oribe (1543/44–1615), a tea master and disciple of Rikyû, alluding to his well-known preference for warped or seemingly flawed wares. Glazed in eye-catching colors such as copper green, and molded into iconoclastic forms, Oribe ware is easily recognizable. The flamboyant decoration indicates a shift in style at the time, and reminds us of the constant quest by tea practitioners to find new assemblages to intrigue and surprise their guests. Furuta did not directly oversee the production of these ceramics, but the style developed during the time he lived, in his native province of Mino, and was influenced by his taste in tea vessels.

Size: 19,5 cm height x 18 cm in diameter.

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