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 early-Meiji period Narushima Yaki Mingei Tsubo


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Namako glaze sags down to meld with the dark iron on the side of this large Mingei pot from the former Yonezawa Clan's Narushima-kiln; one of the Edo period Daimyo feudal kilns (called Go-yo-gama), dating from the mid to later 19th century. It is 13 inches (33 cm) diameter, 14 inches (36 cm) tall and in fine condition with some old abrasions to the thick glaze at the rim, no cracks or repairs. There is wear to the inside from use. 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 such good 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 been revived in the post-war era.