Negoro Ware |Red Lacquer | East Asian Ritual Wash Basin with Separate Stand | Fusatsu Darai | 1940s
Of turned and assembled wood, this round,deep, basin is lacquered inside and out, has a carved high-ring foot, and sits on a three-legged round and footed base. This type of basin is one of the most important forms of Negoro lacquer. A small number of such vessels, known as fusatsu darai, have survived. Unlike a number of Negoro forms that also had secular use, this water basin had a specific ritual function in a Buddhist communal ceremony of expiation. Known as fusatsu-e, and held on the fifteenth of the month, in which monks washed their hands as part of their ritual self-purification.
The black lacquer showing through the red lacquer skin in areas where the bowl has been handled and wiped, accentuates the contours. Expert lathe-work is evident in the shaping of the bowl itself, which is formed from a solid piece of wood. The three outward-facing scalloped feet are lacquered to match, and is beautifully contrasted to the simple basin form.
The tone-on-tone coloring characteristic of Negoro ware was achieved by applying red lacquer, tinted with cinnabar, over a base of many layers of soot-tinted black lacquer. The sense of age, (few chips on the rim of the bowl, a small crack line on the lacquer), and a look of being lovingly used, greatly appeals to collectors looking for an imposing vessel. EXTREMELY RARE and by all indications, this shows that this piece is from Japan, and represents work from the 1940s. The artist is unknown, but according to sources, it is believed to have been made by Shigemune of the Negoro temple. Dimensions: Bowl: 18”dia. x 5-1/2”h; Stand: 18-1/2”dia. x 7-1/2”h.