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.
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Antique Set of Ten Japanese Bell-Shaped Pottery Dishes


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1930: Item # 1414281

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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Made for Kaiseki (tradtional Japanese food service), this is a unique set of ten antique handmade dishes in the shape of bells, the hollow pierced lids jingling with a ball inside when removed. Outside the dark red clay is covered with a smattering of ash glaze, inside is a crisp pale glaze, a pleasure for the eyes and great for offsetting the colorful small tidbits of food in a traditional Kaiseki meal. The jingling of the bell inside the lid equal to the joy of opening it to reveal the hidden morsels. Glaze obscures the artist seal on the base. They come enclosed in a compartmentalized wooden box titled Nanban-Utsushi Suzugata Chinmi Ire, Jukyaku (A Southern Style set of 10 Bell-shaped Small Dishes). They date from the Taisho to early Showa era. Each is roughly 3 inches (7.5 cm) diameter and all are in excellent condition. Narrowly, Nanban refers to pottery of Okinawa, Tanegashima and other southern Islands near Japan. On a broad term it has come to be applied to non-Japanese pottery from throughout South Asia, including Southern China, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and other places trade occurred (officially or unofficially) in pre-Meiji Japan.