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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Edo p. Dry Lacquer Faux Ceramic Tokkuri Sake Bottle Set

Edo p. Dry Lacquer Faux Ceramic Tokkuri Sake Bottle Set

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 1428168

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A pair of Kanshi Dry-lacquer Tokkuri made to look like black glazed red pottery enclosed in an antique handled wooden box. Both original lids are included. The black lacquer seems to have been applied like dark glaze over the matte red of raw earth, also a rust colored lacquer. They are 27 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and in good condition, with some insect damage to the bottom of one visible in the photos.
The Japanese have a long tradition of Modoki, the act of making something out of one thing that looks like something else. Modoki Ryori is Food made to look and taste like something else, quite common in Shojin cooking. Here toasted and glazed tofu skin can be made to look, taste and feel like eel and mushrooms become scallops. Pottery is made to look like stone or lacquer, and lacquer is made to look like pottery or precious metals. It is a fascinating and little explored corner of this culture.