Vintage Japanese Pottery

Vintage Japanese Green Oribe Kyo-yaki Serving Dish | Vintage Japanese Tea Ceremony Kaiseki Mukozuke Ware



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Dimensions: 2-0” h x 4-3/4” dia. 

This small Mukozuke dish has traditional rich bluish green glaze with stripes and undulating shaved edges affording it charm with the flow of the glazing. This piece is included in the definition of Kaiseki-Mukozuke, which was one of the most frequent uses of ceramics in the Mukozuke course of eating, certainly the first the guest to see, and a dish used to hold something special. Tea people for the sake of entertainment and visual excitement enjoy contrast in everything, through the ceramicist taking greater freedom to move the clay, carving, molding, and manipulating to result in interesting shapes. And finally, the color in Mukozuke is a consideration in relation to the food served. There is also the thought that one wants to incorporate the variety of the entire world every time one does Tea. The entire range of formality is also incorporated. The piece is incised with the artist's mark.

Condition: Excellent condition as originally formed. No imperfections with a wonderful “hand” to the touch.

NOTE: Oribe is a visual style named after the late-16th-century tea master Furuta Oribe,(1544-1615) who was a warrior who once served Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobunaga. He became the foremost tea master when his teacher Sen no Rikyu perished. It’s most often seen in pottery, but extends to textiles and paintings. Oribe was not an actual potter, but (like many other influential figures in Japan’s art history) something akin to an art director or designer. He embodied the spirit of wabi tea so completely that he was able to give it form in a truly new and unique vision. The motifs, taken from nature or other decorative patterns such as textiles, were ground-breaking in their bold informality. It must have been this recognition of a new Japanese aesthetic that caused tea devotees to cherish Oribe ware. Its ability to capture something of the artistic and spiritual soul of Japan quickly spread throughout the country, and its mass popularity continues to this day.