Vintage Japanese Shino Mizusashi | Showa Period | Signed
This is a beautiful Japanese ceramic Mizusashi, (cold water vessel). The piece comes with a fitted black-lacquer finished wood lid. This Mizusashi is in very good condition with no obvious cracks or damages found on the ware. It has a beautiful rich, glossy dark brown glazing with an emphasis on the top opening with a lighter drip glaze. The lid fits perfectly, custom made for the piece, and in excellent condition. The sheen of the lacquer is still there and for its age, is very well kept. Sadly the Mizusashi does not come with a box, but the piece itself has an impressed seal. Age: Showa – mid-20th century. Dimensions: 5-0”w x 6-0”h.
A Mizusashi is a lidded container for fresh, cold water used by the host during the tea ceremonies. The water from the Misusashi is mainly used to replenish the water in the Kama (a tea kettle), usually made of iron, in which water is heated to make tea, during the ceremony, also referred to as Chagama). Shapes of Mizusashi include:
• Hitoe-guchi (single-layered mouth)
• Tsubo-gata (jar-like-shaped)
• Hira (flat)
• Teoke (bucket-shaped)
• Tsurube (well-bucket)
The lid can be either Tomo-buta or Kae-buta. Tomo-buta is a lid that comes together with the mizusashi, meaning that it is from the same material and with the same design as the mizusashi. Kae-buta is a lid of lacquered wood that is made on order to fit the mizusashi. Kae-buta is used for formal tea ceremonies. In summer, a seasonal mizusashi without lid can be used; at that time it is covered with a large leaf called Ha-buta. The Mizusashi is one of the main objects in the aesthetic scheme of the objects the host selects for the particular occasion. Mizusashi are classified by their shape, glazing, place of origin and season.