Condition: Excellent

Japanese Oribe Slab Vase | Hanaire | Ikebana | Showa Period

Oribe potters are followers of Yo to bi, (Beauty and Use), placing emphasis on a containe’rs beauty first, and its use second. This mid-Showa period (1926-1989) vase captures the essence of the Momoyama Period and Mingei traditions, with a modern and boundary-pushing twist. This monochrome asymmetrical Hanaire is made from four slabs of clay, mostly smooth and colored with a 17th century olive-green glaze called Oribe. In this case, each side of the vase is slightly different in that the form is geometric and absent of a painted decorative geometric motif; for one moment you think you are looking at a round piece but then realize that each side has offset vertical flat elements. It is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks. Unsigned. Dimensions: 3-3/8”w x 8-1/4”h.

Additional Information —
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, olive-green, copper glaze is the most recognizable. The standard abstracted motifs usually employed are drawn from the rice farms, bird forms, fishing nets, and various fabric motifs, among other geometric forms illustrated in this Hanaire.

Site revisions and maintenance by Max Cheswick