Sake Vessel (Kabura) in the Shape of a Turnip
Bizen ware: stoneware with natural ash glaze and scorch marks
Artist's stamp on front and base of the vessel.
Artist's signature on the box.
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Partial gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner and Bertram H. Schaffner Asian Art Fund
Mori Togaku (Japanese, born 1937). Sake Vessel (Kabura) in the Shape of a Turnip, ca. 1987. Bizen ware: stoneware with natural ash glaze and scorch marks, 11 7/16 × 11 13/16 in. (29 × 30 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Partial gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner and Bertram H. Schaffner Asian Art Fund, 2020.1.4 (Photo: , CUR.TL2019.42.4_lid_top.jpg)
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Large round bottle with globular body, narrow neck and wide, flaring rim. This shape is called a kabura, or turnip shape. The rim, neck, and upper shoulder are dark red from carefully manipulated kiln conditions. Immediately below that is a ring of lighter, unmarked clay, and below that is a thinner coating of grayer ash glaze that runs the length of the body. Dark red "drip" effects -- actually scorch marks from materials wrapped around the neck before firing -- run down the shoulders of the vessel.
Mori Togaku is a master of creating kiln effects such as ash glazing and scorch marks, both of which are traditional ornaments in Bizen ware. He fires in a mammoth traditional wood-fired kiln.
The fact that the piece is stamped twice by the artist suggests that it he was particularly enthusiastic about it.
Accompanied by a traditional wood storage box with artist's signature and seal.
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