Japanese Bizen-yaki | Mukozuke Food Dish | Showa Period
Japanese ceramics have long been part of western museums and art collections from the postwar decades on, as Japanese pottery techniques and concepts exerted profound influence on ceramic art outside Japan.
There are Eight, (8), Mukozuke, (serving pieces), represented here that are quite unique. Each are in the form of a varigated leaf and stem with a very subtle vein design on the bottom with a slight color change to give each piece character. The texture is also unusual, for it is rough which the Japanese love to touch. There is a short rim on the bottom to raise the piece from the surface. No signatures. Dimensions: 3-3/4” w x4- 3/8”l x 1-1/8”h.
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Bizen, one of the six major kiln production/sites in Japan, has a history going back some one thousand years to the Heian period, (794-1185), when the ware was already gaining in recognition. At the end of the Muromachi period, (1392-1573), the rustic, undecorated qualities of this ware met with particular favor among the tea ceremony enthusiasts, resulting in the making of many tea bowls, tokkuri, (sake pourers), guinomi, (sake cups), and hana and abura, (flower and oil), jars for everyday use. The creative process during firing often produced unexpected changes of color and surface effect. It is, in a sense, a “natural art”, as no two pieces of Bizen-yaki ware are the same.