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Dish for serving kaiseki food to accompany tea ceremony. Square shape with geometric motifs and stylised flowers. Made of stoneware with green glaze, white slip decoration and painted iron-brown underglaze motifs. Narumi Oribe type ware.
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Diameter: 22.30 centimetres
Height: 7.50 centimetres
Length: 15.50 centimetres (footring)
Length: 18.50 centimetres (mouth)
Width: 15.50 centimetres (footring)
Width: 18.30 centimetres (mouth)
- Curator's comments
The serving of a formal meal (kaiseki) completes the most formal Tea Ceremony; this dish could well have been used for one of the courses. The rather racy wares of the Oribe kilns owed their fame to the promotion and approval of the Teamaster Furuta no Oribe (1545-1615). With their tendency to sharp, square shapes and smart, semi-abstract designs based on textile motifs, they were among the most chic wares of the Momoyama period. This example is typical of the Oribe palette, which relied on contrasts between the three main colours. The dark, thick green is a characteristic feature of the ware, as is the bold division of the surface into two completely different halves; the latter is a particularly Momoyama period style which continued well into the Edo period in Oribe pottery.
Hayashi, T., Nakamura, M., and Hayashiya, S., 'Japanese Art and the Tea Ceremony', Heibonsha Survey of Japanese Art 15, Tokyo, 1974.
"Investigation is needed to determine whether this is 17th century Oribe ware or 19th century revived Oribe."
Professor Oka Yoshiko, 2014.
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