The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.

Rare Meiji period Narushima Yaki Tsubo, Perfect


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: Item # 1394245

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A rare opportunity to pick up a perfect condition Mingei pot from the former Yonezawa Clan's Narushima-kiln of Imaizumi on the border between Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures, one of the Edo period Daimyo feudal kilns, dating from the later 19th to opening years of the 20th century. It is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) tall and in fine condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. Very similar in appearance to nearby Tsutsumi-yaki of Sendai, the lesser lip between the glaze lines is indicative of Narushima-ware, and the clay is less brick-like in appearance. It is rare to see a functional piece like this in perfect condition. Narushima-yaki was established under the orders of Uesugi Yozan, one of the great leaders of the Yonezawa Uesugi clan, when he sent Sagara Kiyosaemon to study the techniques of nearby Soma-yaki and open in kiln in the first year of Tenmei (1781). The kiln flourished throughout the second half of the Edo, but, like most provincial kilns, began to flounder in the Meiji period with new technology making the old ways obsolete, and it closed in the early 20th century. It has since been revived in the post-war era.