This is a beautiful pair of Mino ware tea cups, his and hers, or the use of one's choosing. (One is larger than the other). Lovely color and design. They have a great, cool feel in the hand. Grasses are painted with iron-based brown glaze, it reminds me of grass on the beach with a sunset lit partially cloudy sky. This is the Shino ware style now and part of Mino ware, including nezumi-shino. They come with the original box (tomobako) made especially for them, which is important. These are really nice hand made and hand painted tea cups. They are about 30 years old, in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. The cups are not marked, but the box is with the traditional kiln stamp and name, and the potter name and stamp. The kanji most closely resembles the signature cartouche and another tomobako that I found on another site for the Moriyama kiln.
SIZE: Diameter 2.4" or 6.0 cms, Height 3.9" or 10.0 cms Diameter 2.2" or 5.6 cms, Height 3.5" or 9.0 cms
Mino Ware 美濃
From Japanese Pottery Net, the link to which can be found on our home page: A ceramic ware representing 50% share in the Japanese market. Originated in the time of unglazed ceramic ware.
MINO is the name which refers to the southern area of Gifu prefecture. It originally was a big "country", divided into three regions, Seino, Chuno, and Tono. From westen region of Tono to the easten end of Chuno such as Tajimi-shi, Toki-shi, Mizunami-shi, Kasahara-cho, Kani-shi. These are the regions when we refer to "Minoyaki (Mino ware)".
Shino Shino's glaze has lots of small halls called pin holes and the original soil is shown by the depth of the glaze. Shino is different from Hakuji aiming for perfection. Shino is the charm itself in the imperfect world. Shino has made it possible to draw freely by the tetsue technique using iron oxide.
"Playing in the abstract world" This is the important theme for the tea bowls in the Momoyama period. It is said that the impression depends on the mind of the beholder. From wealthy merchant's chakaiki (documentary records of tea ceremony) at that time, Big kilns pottery which was fired in Mino kiln was recorded as "Seto ware". For this reason it is possible thata at the time, Seto and Mino were considered as the same region.
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