Tokoname Tsubo #1

Tokoname Tsubo #1 $2,195

We are pleased to offer this large, exceptional Tokoname tsubo (large jar) from the Momoyama to early Edo era. Tokoname is located in the central part of Aichi Prefecture and is the oldest of Japan’s six ancient kilns. Tokoname ware was first produced for religious purposes, especially in the form of vessels to hold Buddhist sutras.

Tokoname ware has a coarse, sandy grey body and is covered with a natural greenish-yellow wood ash glaze. There is one section, roughly six inches long, that appears unglazed (see photos.) We do not know if this was due to the firing process (flaking or popping of glaze) or wear. It has the classic shape of a sutra vessel, with bulbous, massive shoulders narrowing to a slender base. The base looks to be made on sand, typical of Tokoname ware. The lip is nicely formed.

All in all, it is a splendid piece with great form and subtle color. It can be used for display or for large ikebana arrangements. When using it for flowers, please insert a smaller vase to protect the jar and keep water use low.

Condition: Excellent

Size: 15.35″ tall x 14.4″ wide (39 x 36.6 cm).

Shipping:  Within the continental U.S.A. only. Please email info@mizuya.com for an estimate.

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