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Oribe Mukouzuke - Chaire

Early Edo Period - First half of the 17th c., Japan

Height: 10cm x Width: 8.2cm


An early Narumi-type Oribe basket-shaped bowl of  double lozenge form, with high-arched rust colored handle that spans the center.  The underside is flat, and has a recessed circular underfoot with turned pin lines typical of Oribe pieces of this early period.  The underside is unglazed, revealing a light brown clay body.  The interior is buff and white, with soft transitions from flat bottom to vertical walls.  The exterior sides are buff colored and decorated with stripes, hanging fruit and a single plum blossom outlined in black and highlighted in white and celadon green glaze.  The celadons mix with the iron oxide to pool in rare ruby-red droplets near the foot.  A flat wooden lid is custom fitted to the top, and splits in two at the handle, to allow use as a tea caddy for the Japanese tea ceremony.  In a fitted lacquer box with silver inlay inscription, “Oribe”.

A double-lozenge form bowl with handle was excavated in the Nakano-cho site in Kyoto City, and is published in “Momoyama Tea Utensils: A New View”, Nezu Museum Tokyo 2018.  pg. 60.

Another larger example is published in “Turning Point; Oribe and the Arts of the 16th Century Japan”, Yale University Press 2003. pl. 64.  See Nippon Touji Zenshu, Chuo Publishing 1976 pl. 16 for similar countersunk foot with pin lines on a similarly dated mokuzuke.

Provenance:  Niiseki Kinya Collection, Yokohama Japan.

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