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Miscellaneous Pottery – OKAMOTO Kazuo: Mishima chawan with signed wooden box.


Height: 8.25 cm (3.25 inches)    Diameter: 12.4 cm (4.9 inches)
Price: £98 (includes postage by Special Delivery within the
UK)

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Okamoto Kazuo was born in 1930 and looking at the box it would appear that this chawan was made during the 1970s. Okamoto worked or still works in Kyoto and this inlaying style of decoration is known as “mishima”. Here the carved patterns are filled with a different coloured slip that is scraped from the regular higher surface when hard so making it a time consuming way of decorating. Besides the usual information on the outside of the lid there is also calligraphy on the inside as well that can be seen in image 4 above.

 

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