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A Shino Hanging Bowl with Landscape Design – Meiji

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A Shino Hanging Bowl with Landscape Design – Meiji
An unusual Japanese Shino glazed stoneware bowl with two holes near the rim on opposite sides for attaching small ropes for hanging the bowl – probably for a hanging floral arrangement. The interior of the bowl has a cobalt blue underglaze design of a village scene on two opposite sides of a river where small boats are sailing. The rim is bordered with a band of round connected circles. On the sides of the bowl a fierce dragon encircles the entire bowl - a Greek key band forms a border on the upper outside rim. The base has a circle of dots between three blue rings.

The bowl measures 8 Ύ” diameter in a slightly ovoid form so that one side measures 7 5/8” - it is 3” deep. The bowl is in excellent condition - one tiny chip on the bottom of the rim of the foot. We date the piece to the late Meiji to early Showa period, circa 1910-1930’s.

Shino glaze (志野釉 Shino uwagusuri?) is a generic term for a family of pottery glazes. They tend to range in color from milky white to a light orange, sometimes with charcoal grey spotting, known as "carbon trap" which is the trapping of carbon in the glaze during the firing process. The term also refers to Japanese pottery made with the Shino glaze (see Shino-yaki).

The first Shino glaze was developed in Japan during the Momoyama period (1568-1600), in kilns in the Mino and Seto areas. The glaze, composed primarily of ground local feldspar and a small amount of local clay, produced a satiny white color. It was the first white glaze used in Japanese ceramics. In the 17th century, Shino was supplanted by the oribe glazes used in the newer kilns. Shino enjoyed a brief revival in the 19th century, but then faded into obscurity.

There is also a class of Shino glazes, called Crawling Shinos, which are intentionally formulated to exhibit a glaze defect know as crawling. These Shinos form small, regular spots of bare clay all over the surface of the pot, some going so far as to cause the glaze to bead up on the surface of the clay. The origin of the term Shino is uncertain. It may be derived from “shiro” the Japanese word for “white.” Or it may refer to the tea master Shino Soshin (1444-1523).

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