A rare Buddhist Zeze tea bowl by great Seki Omo with hand painted Shinto Shrine Ema and votive picture tablets, enclosed in the originally signed and sealed wooden box. This rare work of Seko was made 30 years ago.
Zeze ware has been considered to be one of the Enshu Shichiyo, the seven best kilns selected by Enshu Kobori (1579-1647) who was a master of tea ceremony and also a military commander in the early Edo period. His favorite teaware was fired in these seven kilns under his supervision.
It is characterized by its extreme thinness and lightness. Its Mizu-Hiki technique (molding with rokuro, a potter's wheel, using a little water), which make them possible, would be especially valuable. The majority of products are for tea ceremony, and we can see many excellent works among Cha-ire (tea caddy) and Mizusashi (pot to hold the water during tea ceremony).
Early works were made for the gifts among Daimyo (feudal lords). Many of them were made by skilled craftsmen using excellent materials. Tea caddies inscribed with Ooe or Haku-un, both of which are Enshu's favorite styles, are found among Cyuko-Meibutsu, highly valued tools for tea ceremony.
In the next stage, under the patronage of the domain lord, its production was barely continued. In Tenmei period (1781-1789), Ihei Odawara created Bairin ware inspired by Chinese Cochin ware style. After that, Suzumegatani ware was also created, however this kiln was abolished due to financial difficulties.
In Taisho Period (20C), there was a movement to re-establish Zeze ware technique, which continues until today.
A recent research reveals that there was a preceding pottery called Seta ware, which was followed by Zeze ware made at Kokubun kiln and Ooe kiln. Together with these two potteries, Bairin ware and Suzumegatani ware created in the last days of Tokugawa shogunate, as well as "revival" Zeze ware in the Taisho period (1919), are collectively called Zeze ware.
Size: 7,7 cm height x 12 cm in diameter.
No chips or cracks.