Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Kamakura Period Collapsed Tokoname Tsubo, Kiln Flaw
Please refer to our stock # TCR8209 when inquiring.
A fabulous collapsed tsubo dating from the Heian to Kamakura period (12th -14th century) hailing from the Tokoname kiln region in Aichi prefecture. It is 36 x 36 x 31 cm (14 x 14 x 12-1/2 inches). These types of flaws have long been highly valued in a country which finds beauty in imperfection. Perfect for a flower arrangement in a tea room. The fortunate accident, proving that to all of our best intentions, we are not in control of the outcome. (Even today, the weather report will say: Tomorrow is Sunny with afternoon showers, we think).
The beginning of Tokoname ware, which drew its influences from the Sanage kilns, dates back to the late Heian era around 1100 CE. The kilns were built on the hills of the Chita Peninsula, initially anagama hole kilns simply dug into a hillside. The main products were clay bowls, pots, and jugs. Proximity to the sea allowed Tokoname pots to be distributed by ship throughout the archipelago and therefore you can find Tokoname pota just about anywhere in Japan. It is said that 3000 kilns were built in the area of the Chita Peninsula over the last millennia. Tokoname is the oldest of the six ancient kilns (Rokkoyo) and early wares from the other five are invariably based on the shape and style of early Tokoname.
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