Made by Living National Treasure, Fujiwara Yu (1932-2001), this Bizen Hidasuki sake bottle was made about 50 years ago.
Yu Fujiwara, one of the most well-known Bizen potters of his time, has become the fourth Bizen Living National Treasure in 1996.
There are only five people having such title for Bizen pottery and his father, Kei Fujiwara, became the second Bizen Living National Treasure in 1970.
Prior to that, Fujiwara Yu was designated as an Intangible Cultural Property of his native Okayama Prefecture in 1980.
Bizen pottery was originally produced in Imbe village of Bizen province since Kamakura period of 14th century.
Hidasuki technique results when the ceramic items are wrapped in rice straw and then it burns in the kiln with beautiful red markings left on the surface.
The similar Hidasuki tokkuri was donated to Metropolitan Museum of Art by Yu Fujiwara in 1965:
Total Weight 560g (with box)
Good, no chips, no cracks
Supplied with original signed wooden box and the leaflet.