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

Spectacular Edo period Tamba Kiln Flaw Vase

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1800: Item # 1416885

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A collapsed cylinder covered in thick green ash glaze with large Kutsuki attached at the base dating from the early kilns of Tamba, one of the Rokkoyo or 6 ancient kilns in the mountainous region of Hyogo. It is roughly 6 inches (15 cm) tall and about 4 inches (10 cm) square at the base. A look at the deposits on the side make one inclined to think this was fired in an anagama, making it quite early. Tamba is considered as one of Japan’s six famous ancient kilns, along with Seto, Tokoname, Echizen, Shigaraki and Bizen. It is known for a solemn, austere atmosphere, and for the beautiful green pine-ash glaze. The origins are purported to be in the late Heian period, when it was called Onohara ware. Traditionally it is coil formed, or turned counter clockwise on a wheel. Early pieces were fired in anagama, until the Momoyama period. In the early Edo period the advent of the climbing kiln offered increased production and possibilities and hire firing temperatures.