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Living National Treasure Miwa Kyuwa (Kyusetsu X) Hagi Vase

Living National Treasure Miwa Kyuwa (Kyusetsu X) Hagi Vase

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Lavender shades the pale glaze covering this natural form by Living National Treasure Miwa Kyuwa (Kyusetsu X) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The signature indicates this is from his final decade, and the work shows all the great skill and experience he garnered over nearly a century of working with clay. It is 28 cm (11 inches) tall, 12 cm (4-3/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Miwa Kyusetsu X (1896-1977) was born the second son of Miwa Setsudo IX in a long line of Hagi potters. He began potting at the age of 14, and succeeded the family name in 1927. In the pre- and post-war years, he was a leader in reviving Hagi pottery (and his name is associated with the other great revivalists Kawakita Handeishi, Arakawa Toyozo and Kaneshige Toyo). He is most known for his excellence in creating traditional Zen Tea ware, and his bowls are some of the most sought after in Japan. He took the name Kyuwa in 1967, passing the torch on to the 11th generation of the family. It was Kyusetsu who reinvigorated the Hagi craft movement in the mid Showa era for which he received the prestigious title of Mukei Bunkazai (Living National Treasure) in 1970. The first Living National Treasure of Hagi,