Japanese Oribe Ware Square Indented Mukozuke | Food Container

The images represent two indented rectangular Oribe bowls referred to as Mukozuke. The characteristics of these pieces are the deliberately free-formed distortion of imbalance; a line drawing motif/decoration combined with a textile-like motif to create a textured aesthetic. The iron glaze color on this piece is a deep copper-green with earth-tone patterns. The exterior of each piece has been drip glazed with stripe patterns in the off-sided portions of each bowl. There are three tiny, fashioned feet on the bottom of each bowl, just slightly raising it from the surface. Both pieces are in beautiful and excellent condition, and in high favor among antique collectors. Each piece has the craftsmen’s Seal on back. Age: 1930’s-1950’s. Dimensions: 5-0”w x 4-1/4”d x 2-0”h.

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Oribe ware is a pottery that originated in early 1700’s in the Mino area of Gifu Prefecture. Oribe ware was conceived by the famous tea master, Furuta Oribe, a pupil of Sen Rikyu, under whose guidance it was first produced. Mukozuke pieces were made with a mold. At close look, impressed traces of the cloth, which were used to facilitate the separation of the pots from the mold are typically visible on the inside.  See Exploring Japanese Ceramics, (http://www.exporejapaneseceramics.com), and the section on Oribe. The image in the article is the same family as the pieces being sold.

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