Vintage Japanese Oribe Ikebana flower container by Bizan Terada | 1950’s

This is a Japanese IKEBANA container of Seto ware, and was created by Bizan Terada, (b.1928), 60 years ago. He is considered a National Treasure, first class potter, who was exhibited twice at one of the most famous Japanese art exhibitions, Nitten exhibition. The piece is in the traditional oribe colors of blue/green, and shows the imprinted seal of the potter on the bottom. It is one of the essential items for the Japanese tea ceremony. The piece is in exceptional condition and contains its original Kenzan, (frog), to support the flower arrangement. Dimensions: 8-3/8”dia. X 2-0”h.

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Oribe potters are followers of Yo to bi, (Beauty and Use), placing emphasis on a container’s beauty first, and its use second. This mid-Showa period (1926-1989) container captures the essence of the Momoyama Period and Mingei traditions.

Oribe ware (Oribe-yaki) is a classic style of pottery developed by the tea master Furata Oribe, (1544-1615), in the 16th century. Most of it is made in Seto province at the Mino kilns. Oribe ware is one of the most startling and innovative expressions of Japanese ceramics in existence, not only of this period but of all periods. Oribe ware has a very earthy feel with its layering of naturally occurring colors. The rich copper glaze is the most recognizable.

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