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Dark green veins score the rough green surface of this large Mashiko Tsubo by Kotaki Etsuro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, 10 inches (26 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. Etsuro was a potter born in 1933, who, although beginning in the traditional world of Mashiko pottery at the kiln of Hamada Shoji. After a rief period of self study, he entered in 1965 in training under future National Treasure Tamura Koichi. Thus steeped in the most traditional of envirionments, he was not yet satisfied, and soon broke from its confines, to be remembered, alongside Kamoda Shoji, as one of the men who pulled Mashiko from the denial of fossilization into the modern world. He displayed with the Nihon Togei Ten, Nihon Dento Kogei Ten, Dento Shinsaku Ten, Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten and a great many others. For more on this artist see the book Etsuro Otaki (2002).