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Japanese Vintage Banko Pottery Yunomi or Tea Cup by Famous Potter Shoji Horino
This Japanese vintage Banko pottery tea bowl was made by Shoji Horino about 20 years ago. He is very famous in Japan. A yunomi Is a teacup used for drinking day-to-day tea, more specifically a 'tsusugata' is a simple cylindrical shape. Yunomi is used in everyday conversation as a general term for any type of teacup. It is handmade, and made of the style called 'Gohon', with the pale peach spots on a grey background. The signature of the potter is carved around the bottom. It has the notched foot made famous by Hagi, so surprised to see this called Banko but this was a purchase from Japan.
Shoji Horino was born in 1949 in and raised in the Mie prefecture, where Banko ware has been made for many years. Cranes are hand-painted on the body. Thank you James Henry Holland, who told me, quote: 'The artist is from Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture. Born there and lives there. This bowl's decoration is called 'Gohon' 御本 and I think that's what is written on the box: 'Gohon tachi-tsuru chawan.' Tachi-tsuru means 'standing crane,' chawan means 'tea ceremony bowl'. The crane is an important figure in Japan presenting peace and long life.
This yunomi comes with the tomobako, as Mr. Holland mentions above. it is the box made especially for the item and important to the value and future keeping of it. The tea bowl feels nice and fits nicely in the hands. It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and are very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We are careful to check incoming items for any unusual smells. Again please let us know if you have any questions. This is a purchase from a well- known and honest, quality antique dealer.
Size: Diameter 4.6 inches or 11.8 cm, Height 3.7 inches or 9.5 cm
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