Nezumi Shino Saké Flask by Suzuki Tomio
Greatly esteemed by tea ceremony practitioners for centuries, shino-yaki was first fired during the Momoyama era (1568-1603) at kilns in Minō - central Japan. Glazed with a simple mixture of mostly feldspar and water, shino is renowned for its textured surface of pinholes and crackles that forms while cooling in the kiln. As a coloring agent, potters add a rare iron-rich sediment, called onita, which is found in certain riverbeds around the region.
This saké flask by Suzuki Tomio is done in nezumi (literally "mouse") shino, as denoted by its mostly soft gray color. Hints of rust red from the onita-rich underglaze peer through the holes in its citrus skin surface, while figurative images of pampas grass sway gently around the piece.
Suzuki Tomio's shino pottery is held in private collections around the world and, in 2011, was acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for display in their East Asian Art collection.
A wooden presentation box will be custom made to order and signed by the artist. Delivery time for this item is 2 weeks.
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