Iga flower vessel, Japan, Momoyama period, 1573-1615

This magnificent flower vessel, the finest of its kind to ever leave Japan, was made during the Momoyama period (1573-1615) in the Iga kilns located in what is now Mie Prefecture. The tea ceremony master Kobori Enshu recognized the potential of Iga ceramics for use in the tea ceremony, and guided their design, firing, and forms. (read more)