This vase was made using the “Neriage” technique, which is unique to Japan and which derives from the traditional technique of creating patterns with colored clay. Neriage is made by kneading together or piling up different colors of clay. All sorts of patterns can be produced depending on the method used to combine the clay colors, with cross-sections of kneaded clay appearing on the surface of the ceramics. The mixture is then thrown on the wheel to produce the desired shape. After partial drying, the entire surface is scraped off to reveal the patterns of clay underneath. In the West it became known as Agate Ware.
This Sake cup has a beautifully fashioned pedestal foot which is great to hold. The interior has a thin clear glaze over the grey-brown and cream finish to protect both the piece and what is being consumed, with an unglazed textural exterior finish. Incised Impression on the bottom. Condition: Excellent. Dimensions: 2-3/8” dia. x 2-3/4”h.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection