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Glazed stoneware with iron oxide underglaze slip (Mino ware, Oribe type)
Diameter of mouth: 12.7 cm (5 in.); Container: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)
The Norweb Collection 1958.336
Rinpa (琳派) (Japanese gallery rotation)
Oribe wares are named for the tea master Furuta Oribe, who initiated the flamboyant designs that characterize them.
This ewer was made to replenish the jar that holds water for rinsing teabowls and filling the iron kettle at tea gatherings. Highly abstracted pine trees, cascading ivy, stripes, and grids make up the designs in underglaze iron oxide, while the overall surface alternates between a transparent glaze and a green glaze characteristic of some Oribe tea wares.
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