Nihon Toji Kyokai, ed., Shuki taikai: Shino, Oribe, Ki-Seto meihin ten (Autumn special exhibition: Masterpieces of Shino, Oribe and Yellow Seto wares) (Tokyo: Nihon Toji Kyokai, 1952), no. 127.
This one-of-a-kind serving dish was a luxury object. It was formed by molding and hand-modeling, then decorated and glazed, a time-consuming and exacting process. Narumi Oribe ware was made by combining red and white clay in separate areas. When dry, the red clay was painted with floral motifs in white slip outlined in iron oxide. The white clay was covered with a cool, copper-green glaze. As Nicole Rousmaniere observes, "the multicolor effect is certainly dynamic and must have appeared quite exotic at a time long before overglaze enamel techniques were introduced in Japan." (from Melanie Trede with Julia Meech, eds., Arts of Japan: The John C. Weber Collection, exh. cat. [Berlin: Museum of East Asian Art, 2006], p. 114).
For another tebachi with similar shape, see Yuki Museum of Art, ed., Yuki bijutsukan zohin senshu (Masterpieces from the Collection of the Yuki Museum of Art) (Osaka: Yuki Museum of Art, 1987), pl. 88 (Important Cultural Property).