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Tall Bizen stoneware ikebana flower vase by Fujiwara Ken, Japan

Tall Bizen stoneware ikebana flower vase by Fujiwara Ken, Japan

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Tall flower vase of dented cylindrical form with two rudimentary lions head masks on the flanks. Thick brown Bizen stoneware with large irregular splashes of ash glaze.
Signed on the bottom with the typical sign for Fujiwara Ken.
Excellent example of the beautiful work by the famous Bizen potter Fujiwara Ken

Japan, Showa era.

H 10.25 inch.

Comes with original fitted wooden tomobako, inscribed on cover Bizen Yohen hanaire, and signed Ken with red seal Ken

Fujiwara Ken (1924-1977). Born in Okayama, he studied under later Living National Treasures Fujiwara Kei (uncle) and Kaneshige Toyo. He also studied under Kitaoji Rosanjin. He was designated an important Cultural Property of Okayama prefecture for his life’s work in Bizen in 1954. He died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 53. He would have become Living National Treasure, if he could have lived longer.