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Mashiko Pottery Traditional Mashiko pottery teapot with brush decoration


Height: 12.2 cm (4.8 inches) Dimensions: 16.25 by 12.2 cm (6.4 by 4.8 inches)

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Pottery manufacture came late to Mashiko, as the first kiln was not established there until 1858, and the wares produced were exclusively functional like the sansui dobin (landscape teapot) above. Perhaps the best known painter in this style was Minagawa Masu, a woman made famous by Yanagi, Hamada and Leach and often cited as one of the reasons that Hamada was lured to Mashiko to set up his pottery in 1923.

This teapot was bought for the previous owner by her brother, who was working in Japan in the 1970s, and has not been used and did not have a cane handle when bought. Therefore I am not able to say when it was made except that it is at least 40 years old. It has no damage or restoration.

 

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