This Japanese vintage Kyoto-ware porcelain is of an akae decorated Mizusashi. It was made about 50-60 years ago dating to the 1950's, and is signed Doukaen Zo or made by Douka En, written as 洞華. It is a very nice Kyoto ware or Kyo-yaki mizusashi which has been handmade and hand painted by the artist. Mizusashi are made as the cold water container for tea ceremonies. They are used for both replenishing the water in the tea kettle, and later rinsing the tea ceremony utensils, or the chasen bamboo whisk that is used to make the tea. In the Western home, they make wonderful decorative containers for the kitchen or just about anywhere on the home. They are made to hold foods and can be left out or placed in the refrigerator for a short period but most of them should never be placed in a dishwasher. It is decorated in akae or red style with bright red, orange and green under glaze colors of different flowers, plants, trees and birds. Per the Japanese seller it is the plum, chrysanthemum, orchid, and bamboo pattern. He also said that Douka or dōka is an ethical Japanese Tanka poetry with a lesson, evidently the meaning of the artists name. It is very nicely and well made, and very sturdy. It is a good quality artisan piece from Kyoto. The finial has a nice have circle shape highlighted on top in green. The lid fits well. The bottom is made in an unusual combed pattern. It is signed by the artist, Doukaen. We have not yet found this information yet but will continue to look as we always do. It is in excellent condition with no cracks chips or wear.
SIZE: Height: 6.2" or cm, Diameter 5.4" or cm
Most of our other water pots for tea and tea ceremonies are found under the maker caregory. Or, to quickly find the all search for 'mizusashi' in the Center Top search bar inside our store!
清水寺 Kiyomuzu yaki or Kyoto Ware
Kiyomuzu yaki is the old name for Kyoto Ware pottery. In the 17th century, in Kyoto, then Japan's cultural capital, kilns produced lead-glazed pottery like the pottery of southern China. The city pf beautiful artwork is of many generations of families of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. Some of the most modern looks, new skills and well known potters art are currently known for their Kyo-Ware or Kyo-yaki for pieces from the past 10-40 years. Please see our many other items from Kyoto of all ages and from many well know and famous artists.
Although this craft dates back to before the Heian period (794-1185), the making of pottery began in earnest when the capital of Heian-kyo (now Kyoto) was founded in 794. Since that time Kyoto has been the home to many famous potters and the birthplace of many fine pieces of work. Famous potters such as Ninsei and Kenzan were at work in the 17th century and then in the 19th century, the potter Eisen successfully fired porcelain, while such masters as Mokubei, Hozen and Ninami were remarkably active during the same century. Great advances were then made from toward the end of the 19th century with the introduction of various techniques from around the world, when German ceramists were invited to come to Kyoto.
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