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I hope no one objects to listing a tea bowl on a sword site. I think there is quite a lot of cross-over between

nihonto and yakimono. The arrival of a new tea bowl or sake cup is said to impact tv and Internet usage here just the way the arrival of a new sword does.

 

This bowl is full of age and interest and I'd like it to go to someone who also appreciates swords. It's got plenty of ancient repairs and filled cracks but the koudai is vigorous, the 'door' like a hole in a wet rag, the 'skin' as scaly as a lizard's. 294 gms. The mark from the tool used to remove from the kiln shown in last pic. Sound and usable!

 

Box and ribbon are new

 

11.7 x 6 cms approx

 

US$100 excl shipping with track trace ins from Tokyo 194 0215

 

Payment by paypal

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Chris,

 

That really is a great-looking mizusashi.  Do you have any larger photos of it you could/would post?  It's hard to tell from the "postage stamp" image if it's period (Momoyama), but it looks to be...  Thanks!

 

Cheers,

 

Steve

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Steve,

Did you click on all the thumbnails? They all expand to a pretty large size....

 

Brian

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Hi Brian,

 

Yes, I tried that, but I don't get that expansion...  I just get transferred to the member's info page...  But I was hoping, too, that Chris might have other good photos of the mizusashi... ;)

 

Cheers,

 

Steve

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Ah, sorry Steve. You were referring to his avatar and I was thinking of the uploaded pics.

Avatars remain small...thankfully :)

 

Brian

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Sorry, I have no larger photos. I believe that is a modern piece that was made by a friend of mine, Nagaoka Masami. He lived quite near me in Izu and worked in Iga and Shigaraki styles. He often worked in an older style. I loved his work and was really saddened to learn of his passing 2 years ago.

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I see.  Very sorry to hear of his passing as well.  Well, it is a great-looking piece, even if the photo is small.  Iga is my favorite of the kilns, too... 

 

Cheers,

 

Steve

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Thanks....Nice to see we have something in common!

 

Iga, Shigaraki, some Echizen (Kumano)....the krusty kilns are my favs...though recently I have been interested in setoguro/hikidashi (black) work too...

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Ah Yes!

i see :) !

 

very nice indeed!

Ceramics can be such an fascinating hobby to inquire and collect...

there´s so much fascinating works, colours and traditions indeed!

 

attached, one of mine actual favoured ones...small, but "very Hokusai" in it´s theme... ;-)

 

 

very nice to see beautiful ceramics here, on this rather "mens taste, sharp knives" side

-Laugh :thumbsup:

Christian

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Love the black wares, too...  Oribeguro, kuro-Oribe, Setoguro, kuro-Raku... All good.  ;)  But Iga and Shigaraki are probably #1 and 2 for me as well...

 

Here's a kuro-Oribe chawan I bought in Kamakura way back when...

 

Cheers,

 

Steve

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All nice!

 

The problem with ceramics for me is there is there are just too many that grab me! They are like crack! I have limited myself to guinomi (sake cups) and a few tokkuri (sake decanters) and the odd hanaire (vase), etc. So many amazing things out there...The best part of it for me is I couldn't care less for the most part who makes them or even if they are fake! I just buy what grabs me for the most part. Sometimes, like with Nagaoka san, I loved his pottery and really thought highly of him as a person as well. Knowing the artist adds that extra dimension.

 

Here are a few from my recent fall off the wagon....I bought the white as a complement to the black....can't wait to use them this summer when I am in Japan...I have a few more on the radar...

 

By the way, one of those below was made by a potter here in the US. About 2 hours away from me actually! He does wonderful work in the Japanese style with his anagama kiln. He is making me three giant hikidashi-guro tea bowls to use for bathroom sinks! Guess which of these wasn't made in Japan!

 

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Someone told me- or I read, that the koudai expresses the size and energy of the potter's sexual organ.

 

After learning this I switched collecting to lady potters. The guinomi pictured is by a lady living near Shigaraki who mostly does Iga pieces. It was sold as Shigaraki. Note the discrete koudai ????

Some good pieces are appearing in this thread!

 

Nice idea for a quiz Chris! Needs reflection. Can we have pics of the undersides of 1,2 & 5 if it's no bother?

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Good quiz, Chris...  Not wholly confident here, but the anagama "hint" has me leaning toward the first piece (along with a kind of "freedom from prescription" feel to it... ;)).  Looks like a lovely bowl, whether American or Japanese made...

 

I know exactly what you mean about being pulled in so many directions by so many appealing works.  I almost have to refrain from looking...  But then one can still be waylaid by the lurking fine chawan, as has happened here with the piece presented as the subject of this thread.  ;)

 

Cheers,

 

Steve

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I assume the original item is still for sale? :)

If and when it sells, let me know and I'll move this topic to General Discussion. Seems we need a pottery thread :)

 

Brian

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Here's a Shigaraki sakazuki made in 2014 by Shinohara Nozomu. I tend to go into this particular abyss more readily than the more Turner-esque sakazuki in a previous post. Depending on what kind of sake is in it of course. This one is more Blake than Turner.

 

That Iga katakuchi that your friend made Chris is very nice! Btw this afternoon 2 diff J friends, one of whom is knowledgable about Mishima-yaki all chose #2 in your quiz as being made by an American.

 

Too many hambagu maybe.

 

Once sold I'll post so, Brian. A pottery thread! Nice idea!

Here's a Shigaraki sakazuki made in 2014 by Shinohara Nozomu. I tend to go into this particular abyss more readily than the more Turner-esque sakazuki in a previous post. Depending on what kind of sake is in it of course. This one is more Blake than Turner.

 

That Iga katacuchi that your friend made Chris is very nice! Btw this afternoon 2 diff J friends, one of whom is knowledgable about Mishima-yaki all chose #2 in your quiz as being made by an American.

 

Too many hambagu maybe.

 

Once sold I'll post so, Brian. A pottery thread! Nice idea!

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Of course Brian !

 

a special pottery thread would be very very nice here!

(so many of Nihonto and Tosogu collectors do equally have least two or three pieces of pottery in their´s collections,too

also,there are a few who really also inquire and collect them seriously...so do have many very beautiful potts....)

 

in sum an special thread would be very nice i think....

 

Christian

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