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Bizen ware bowl with a base


Era Momoyama period (17th cent.)
Size MD.55.2 H.18.4


This wide bowl with a base, one of the largest of its kind, is a rare specimen among the large-sized dishes and bowls of the seventeenth century. The viscous clay, thrown on a potter’s wheel, retains grooves made during the throwing. Notable features include the four marks of bases of another vessel, which was piled on top during the firing, and the natural glaze formed on the perimeter of the dish. The cosmetic clay applied on the surface, a typical feature for the Bizen ware, is particularly glossy