Japanese Vintage Oribe Pottery 織部焼 Kogo or incense holder made in the motif of a Sensu or folding fan. The designs of Oribe are known for their beauty of simplicity. On the fan shaped kogo is painted another fan in green at the bottom tip and down across the lid and bottom. Hanging flowers are painted in black at the top. These are handmade using different methods and hand painted. The kogo is used for holding incense and historically most often for the tea ceremony. Kogo are also wonderful items of character to decorate with, in addition to placing small items in. Oribe-yaki is one of the older fine traditional potteries of Japan. It also falls under the Seto ware family. Usually, the colors are a combination of a background with a light cream color, then decorated in green and, or black. More recently and in the late 20th century, potters have begun using different, brighter colors such as yellow and orange. See more below about Oribe-yaki or ware. We do not know the exact age and it is not signed, we believe between 40-50 years old. it is used but excellent condition with no cracks or chips.
SIZE: Width at top 2.5" or 6,5 cms, Width bottom 2" or 5cms, Height 1.2" or 3 cms
About Oribe-ware or Oribe-yaki 織部焼
Oribe ware written 織部焼 and most often called Oribe-yaki, is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its use of green copper glaze and bold painted design. It was the first use of colored stoneware glaze by Japanese potters. It is one of the Mino styles originating in the late 16th century. It takes its name from tea master Furuta Oribe (1544–1615). Oribe is a style of pottery with much variation. There is a great variety in the type of ware as well as the surface treatment. Like many types of Japanese pottery, bowls and dishes are common. Oribe wares also include lidded jars and handled food containers.
The clay body typically has a low-iron content and is formed by hand, on a potter's wheel, or by drape molding. The surface is painted and decorated with lively surface designs, which may be based on nature, geometric patterns, or a combination of the two. White slip and clear glaze are also used. For the brilliant green color, wares are fired using oxidation at 1220 degrees Celsius. If these conditions are not met, the glaze may be brown or red.
The late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries of the Momoyama and early Edo, were one of the great periods of Japanese ceramic production in Seto and the neighboring Mino region. It was the period when individual artisans began to explore their craft most creatively, pushed on by the demands of the tea ceremony and the aesthetics of the tea master Oribe. Many of the most famous Raku and Shino bowls were produced at that time, and even in those days they were hugely valuable. The Jesuit priest Louis Frois wrote that one tea bowl equaled the price of the most precious jewels in Europe. As a result, seto mono is as common a term for ceramics in Japan as china is in England.
Also see e-yakimono, a great Japanese site addressing all types of Japanese pottery, porcelains, and kilns, potters and their history.
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