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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Rare Edo period Hirasa Bekkoyu Sake Cup


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1428104

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A fabulous Edo period sake cup from the Shimazu domain decorated in Bekko-yu Tortoise shell glaze with multiple colors on top typical of Snake-Scorpion glazes on a rough texture typical of earlier Kochosa ware. It is 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter and comes enclosed in a custom made kiri-wood collectors box.
Following the Japanese invasion of Korea in the late 16th century Shimazu Yoshihiro brought to Japan with his returning army Korean potters who established a kiln in Uzumachi (Modern day Nagasaki prefecture). This was the origin of Kochosa-yaki. This rough texture is indicative of that style, however Kochosa was mostly dark glaze on a deep red clay. Genryuin works picked up where Kochosa leaves off, founded in 1663 by Ono Genryu. This kiln lasted a little less than a century, closing in the mid 1700s. In 1786 the Hirasa kilns then pick up, incorporating some of these earlier styles into a complex melee of wares from blue and white porcelain to rich iron glazes and sansei wares originally directly under the control of the Satsuma Lords.