Kosometsuke Lotus shaped Dish with Design of Landscape（Ming Dynasty）
This is the kosometsuke tea pottery specially ordered by the japanese master of tea ceremony. The lotus shaped created by stamping molding is thick and reminiscent of pottery. The bright blue and white is beautiful, and the outstanding design stands out from ordinary works.
- Ming Dynasty
Early 17th century
- Bottom Diameter
- Paulonia Box
- There are chip and crack and mushikui at the edge
The base, blue and white coloring, and firing are also ideal. There is a slight chip like mushikui at the edge and a crack that is almost invisible to the naked eye. Regarding kosometsuke, this is not a particularly problematic category.
The end of the ming dynasty was a time when japanese master of tea ceremony had a strong tendency to custom fire novel tea utensils. This unique design was also made by special order, and is mainly used as a bowl for sweets for tea ceremony.
In buddhism, the lotus is a sacred flower that blooms in the pure land. The beautiful flower that grow in pond and swamp and bloom from the filthy muddy water is considered to be a symbol of buddha’s wisdom（enlightenment）and compassion. After the flower fall, the flower receptacle becomes a honeycomb, so in japan it was called “Honeycomb（Hachisu）”, but it was later corrupted to “Lotus（Hasu）”. It is also one of the “Five Friends（Chrysanthemum, Orchid, Bamboo, Plum, Lotus）”.
The back crest of the Kobori family is a “Circle with a Swastika”, and it is fun to associate it with Enshu Kobori’s involvement and guidance.
Kosometsuke refers to the blue and white（sometsuke）porcelain that were fired at the jingdezhen kiln in china, mainly during the late ming dynasty’s tianqi era（1621-27）. These works were made especially for japan and many of them remain in the country. In contrast to the qing dynasty’s blue and white porcelains, known as shin-watari（new-watari）, a unique group belonging to the old style ko-watari（old-watari）blue and white porcelains are now independently referred to as “Kosometsuke”. These porcelains can be broadly divided into tea utensils ordered by master of tea ceremony and everyday items. The kosometsuke of tea utensils, which were popular among the japanese, have a thick and heavy overall appearance, possibly due to the use of a thick clay base. At the end of the ming dynasty, there was a trend among japanese master of tea ceremony to order and fire unique tea utensils, with each master of tea ceremony ordering their preferred tools. Many kosometsuke works have glaze peeling off due to differences in the shrinkage rates of the clay and glaze, exposing the inner clay. This phenomenon, which resembles the appearance of being eaten by worms, is called “Mushikui（worm eaten）”. One characteristic is that mushikui（some holes）can often be found in areas where the glaze is thinly applied, such as the rim or angular parts. While this might be considered a flaw in ordinary porcelains, master of tea ceremony found elegance in this natural phenomenon and appreciated the rough taste, valuing it as an aesthetic effect.
Stamping molding is a molding technique in which the base is turned on a potter’s wheel and then fitted into a mold to express the shape of the mold and the carved design. It is possible to create complex shapes such as polygons and flower shapes based on perfect circles formed on the potter’s wheel. The bottom is circular because it is carved out by turning the potter’s wheel while it is still in the mold.