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Moriyama Kankei (1889-1956) & Shunji Katô II (1892-1979)
Seto Tenmoku Ensô chawan, tea bowl with ensô - Musô, Absolute truth
Signed: Seiryô (& Kakihan)
Seals: illegable (Shunji)
Technique: Seto ware Tenmoku type chawan. Green/greyish and pink glazed with tetsu-e, iron oxide decoration Ø 12,6 x 6,7
Date: <1952
Condition: fine

“Kan” (barrier) name of the bowl given by Fusen (Hashimoto Gyôin (1897-1978)), the 10th master of the Matsuo tea school from Nagoya. Musô and Kan have both the Zen meaning: Absolute truth.

Seto Tenmoku is pottery from Seto. These bowls are named after mount Tenmoku (T’ienmu Shon in Chinese) where buddhist monks of the Zen sect used them during the Sung dynastie.

Moriyama Kankei (Kankei jôkin) became the 10th kanchô of Daitokuji in 1952 and was called Seiryôken.

Moog p. 229

Shunji Kato II was born in Aichi ken and was engaged in ceramics since childhood. In 1926, he became Shunji 2nd generation In 31 he had an exhibition together with Karokuro Kato and others in Setoku Rokusaku (Tokyo Hoteiya). In response to the request of a Kannon statue for the memorial service for years of war dead he produced “Koa Kannon” in Izuyama, Atami. After the war, in 1967, held a solo exhibition at Nagoya Matsuzakaya.
In 1975, Furuseto and Oribe Yaki were recognized as Aichi Prefecture and Shunji became a holder of Intangible Cultural Property (Living national treasure ). Shunji also belonged to the Seto Potters Association and served as a consultant and advisor.

Price: EUR 600 / USD 660