Gourd-shaped water jar (mizusashi)
Tsujimura Shirō Japanese
Not on view
Following an early seventeenth-century method, Tsujimura used a natural ash glaze—highly prized, but difficult to control—on this fresh-water tea ceremony jar. His exploitation of controlled irregularity and his deft touch epitomize the aesthetics of Japanese tea ceramics. A trained oil painter and self-taught potter, he preserves features of ancient Japanese wares in reverence for past tradition while adding his own individual flair.
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