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A Stoneware Food Container for Tea Ceremony (Mukozuke)
A Stoneware Food Container for Tea Ceremony (Mukozuke)

KAMEYA NO TANI WARE, E-KARATSU TYPE, EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)

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A Stoneware Food Container for Tea Ceremony (Mukozuke)
Kameya no tani ware, E-Karatsu type, Edo period (17th century)
Set on a ring foot and molded with a shallow well, the sides turned up and pinched into four corners and decorated in underglaze brown iron-oxide with a freely-painted design of grasses, the sides painted with simple Chinese-style scrolling grasses, the edge also glazed in brown iron-oxide showing reddish-brown where it has burned through the overglaze, covered in a milky feldspathic glaze with a slight crackle running thickly around the edges of the rim; foot and area around it unglazed; glaze pulls where the glaze ends
7 3/8in. (18.7cm.) diameter
With wood box inscribed on the lid Kashi bachi (Dish for sweets)

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For similar examples of sets of five Karatsu dishes see Suematsu Ryosuke and Arakawa Masaaki, compilers, Idemitsu bijutsukan zohin zuroku: Nihon toji/Japanese ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection) (Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1990), pls. 221-225.
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