Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Rare Edo p. Kuro Satsuma Naeshirogawa Open Jar
Please refer to our stock # TCR6975 when inquiring.
A black glazed Naeshirogawa-yaki Ukibori Botan-mon Han-do Kame (Peony in raised relief open vessel) from Kagoshima in Southern Kyushu dating from the second half of the mid period (late 17th to 18th-century). According to local beliefs these squat, wide-mouthed vessels were made to hold ama-zake (sweet rice wine). A big fan of the lesser known potteries of Kyushu, I have been looking for years for a piece like this in good condition (a rarity in deed), and am proud to be able to offer it. It is 36 cm (14 inches) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition. A strikingly similar piece with a dragon in relief is held in the collection of the Kyushu Museum of Ceramics (Kyushu Toji Bunkakan).
Naeshirogawa yaki, one of the three main divisions of Satsuma potteries (along with Tateno and Ryumonji), was established by BokuHei (Japanese name Seiuemon, 1560-1624), a potter brought to Japan from the Korean campaigns of Hideyoshi by Shimadzu Yoshihiro in 1599. He first opened a kiln in Kushikino before finding better conditions in Naeshirogawa in 1603. Later white clay was discovered, leading to the development of Shiro-satsuma as well.
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