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

Definitive Muromachi p. Bizen Tsubo


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1700: Item # 1399261

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A museum quality Ko-Bizen Wave Tsubo dating from the Muromachi period (15th-16th centuries) certified by the Okayama Ken Bizen Yaki Toyu-Kai. About the shoulder are two rows of waves, typical of the era, and a large kama-jirushi kiln signature like a pennant is cut into the side. It is 32 cm (13 inches) tall and in excellent condition. This is a superlative example.
Bizen is one of the Rokkoyo or six ancient kilns of Japan. It is considered by many to be the quintessential Japanese pottery. It was traditionally produced in and around the village of Imbe in Bizen province, from where it received its name. It is therefore also known as Imbe or Inbe ware. As we know it today it made its appearance during the Kamakura period of the 14th century. It experienced its first peak during the Momoyama period of the 16th to early 17th centuries when the unadorned aesthetic was found to blend well with the rustic confines of the tea room. It remained strong throughout the Edo period, but fell into decline after the Meiji restoration, and owes much thanks to Kaneshige Toyo for helping to revive it in the second quarter of the 20th century, a task for which he was granted the status of living National Treasure, and has enjoyed great popularity since.