Mumyoi Vase by Living National Treasure Ito Sekisui
Ito Sekisui (b.1941) was named a Living National Treasure for his mumyoi pottery in 2003. Ito’s family has been potting on Sado Island since the 17th century. They use a local red clay and thus the color of the wares brilliantly contrasts with the black smoked areas. Although the hakagaki inscription reads hanaire-vase, this piece can also be used as a large tokkuri-flask: in perfect condition with a signed box, 19.2cm.tall, signed on base.