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.

Momoyama period Japanese Iga Tsubo

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1700: Item # 1407699

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A superb example of the medieval Iga aesthetic in this slightly misshapen jar dating circa the late 16th century. Two large kutsuki cling to the side, a smattering of yellowish ash glaze about the shoulder, while tiny tomobo-no-me inclusions bubble from the surface in small white speckles. There is another Kutsuki at the shoulder, with burn marks on the edges where it fused as well as the same attached to the lip. Just from the lip a single rivulet of green glaze. Two lines are incised about the vertical rim, typifying the era. On the base can clearly be seen two Geta where it was supported in the kiln. It is 33 cm (13 inches) tall, 29 cm (11-1/2 inches) diameter and comes enclosed in an old wooden box titled Ko Iga Tusbo. There is one small chip in the rim, surprisingly little for a jar of this age. An old crack in the base has been repaired some great long time ago, and is visible as a slightly darker, pitch colored band across the base.