This Japanese antique Seto Ware porcelain calligraphy suiteki as a Hyotan or gourd bottle is about 140 years old dating to the Meiji period (1868-1912). A suiteki is the name for water dropper and used as water vessel in calligraphy to keep the ink stone wet. This is a wonderful old suiteki made by an artisan in the shape of a gourd. It is made with fine white Seto porcelain. It is underglaze painted with ribbons one would find tied around a gourd in a perfect green. The tip at the spouts are outlined in brown as those are usually the spot with the most age wear due to the water pouring. It is in extremely good condition for its age no cracks or chips please see the pictures for the rest of the condition report. A wonderful gift for the artist or someone who works with calligraphy as a hobby. Please see our many other Seto ware pieces for history and information about Seto ware.
SIZE : Width 3.1" or cm, Length 1.7" or cm, Height 1.6" or cm. Weight 80 grams
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Shodo 書道 - Calligraphy
Calligraphy is called Shodo in Japanese. A brief from the Japanese educational site of calligraphy. We have added a link to our ‘Favorites’ links which can be found on our homepage. It is a business and sells calligraphy supplies, but they are also an.eu extension site providing extensive information. Japanese calligraphy
The Japanese calligraphy or Shodo is one of the most popular fine arts of Japan. Calligraphical works are appreciated not less than products of painting. But this kind of the fine arts possesses also philosophical sense. In the simplest understanding the calligraphy is an art to write beautifully. The master creates a work of art by bamboo brush and inks on the rice paper. It transfers harmony and beauty. The parity of simple and graceful is embodied in calligraphical works as one of main principles of Japanese aesthetics wabi sabi.
There is nothing casual in Japanese calligraphy. The beginning, the direction, the form and the ending of lines, the balance between elements are important for each line and point, and even the empty space testifies about many things. The hieroglyphs are harmonious, proportional, balanced.
Hieroglyphs of happiness
The Japanese calligraphy is not only the beauty, but also the sense more complex frequently, than value of written by brush hieroglyph. Harmony and elegance of lines create not only aesthetic pleasure but transfer also thousand-year wisdom. Each line is meaningful; each movement of calligrapher’s brush creates something fine.
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