This very unusual wabi-sabi Japanese vintage heavily glazed wabi-sabi pottery brush rest is made in the form of a square-shaped dragon. Wabi-sabi is the comprehensive view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, or incomplete. fashion, It is made by an unknown artist or kiln in Japan, but it is signed. It is just a really unusually wonderful piece. The seller was unsure of the mark or what the design was for, but in my opinion with the many formed indentations, it is made as a brush rest with many rests for the calligraphy or paint brushes for the artist. The shape looks like the potter was trying to create something that could be held in the hand, or more likely just one that could hold many rests. I do not know if it was purchased from the owner or the maker, but it does have some age to it although unknown.
A brush rest is hand-formed with many works of detail on this square Ryu or dragon, who even gave up part of his head for a brush! Many indentations of what appear to be finger ends are own both side. It is decorated in a lovely blue much like Hagi ware, then heavily glazed in white, heavier in spots than others and more on one side, and some with no glaze and some with heavy glaze. Brown clay pottery can be seen peeping through in other spots. Perhaps someone was experimenting with a new form for brush rest, although I do not believe it is Hagi ware but could be wrong as we need to attempt to get a legible picture of the mark for assistance. I have seen another pottery with another name from Japan done in this same fashion, although it could have been made by a student. It has many kiln cracks that occurred in the kiln. These type of cracks are considered 'natural' cracks in Japan and called 'Kannyuu' and is considered wabi-sabi and 'not a problem'. I am sure there are other natural occurrences on this piece, I do not believe any of these occurred as damage and it is just a very wabi-sabi piece. At least, I do not see chips and such that occurred outside the kiln. A protective glaze has been put on part of the bottom over some of the natural crack and probably did in some of the other spots as well. There is one spot of missing glaze on the bottom. This is a true art piece from Japan as a brush rest.
SIZE: Width 6.9 inches or 17.5cm, Height 3.1 inches or 8cm, Depth 1.2inches or 3 cm. Weight 347 grams
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