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Physical Object / Fresh-water jar with shrimp-shaped ears

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Title
Fresh-water jar with shrimp-shaped ears
Creator
Ohi Chozaemon 9 (1901-1986), also known as Todosai
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1915-1986
Contributing Institution
California State University, Sacramento Library
Collection
Sokiku Nakatani Japanese Teaware Collection
Rights Information
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Description
The "ears" on this fine mizusashi are fashioned in the shape of shrimp, which suggest a congratulatory theme. The work exhibits pleasing ash marks from the firing and the rich, toffee-colored (amegusuri) glaze which is a special attribute of the Ohi family kilns. The founder of the Ohi kiln is said to have been an artisan for the Raku family in Kyoto, and was given the formula for the amegusuri glaze as a parting gift when he traveled to Kanazawa with the fourth generation master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea, Sen Soshitsu Senso, to serve the Maeda clan. This piece was crafted by Ohi Chozaemon, the 9th potter in a lineage that has been associated with the Urasenke Tradition of Tea since 1666. It is accompanied by a paulownia box bearing calligraphy that describes its provenance. This particular mizusashi was a favorite of the owner, Nakatani Sokiku.
Type
physical object
Format
7""h x 6 1/2"" dia
Ceramic with lacquered wood lid
Identifier
2005.05.0015
52
Case 2, Shelf 3
472.cpd
http://digital.lib.csus.edu/cdm/ref/collection/teaware/id/471
Subject
Mizusashi
Japanese tea ceremony
Tea making paraphernalia
Relation
Sokiku Nakatani Japanese Teaware Collection

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