KoSetou Taikai ChaireOld Seto-ware Ocean Tea Caddy,
Named “Sekki (Year’s End)”
Nedzu Art Musuem Collection

Due to it’s rather large size, this taikai chaire with a large mouth is low, round, and flat like a koshiki basket. The name comes from comparing the width of the mouth to that of the ocean. A black glaze is mixed with a persimmon colour streaked with a purple tint, and in places it has a tortoiseshell colour glaze. Upon the box lid is written the poetic name “Sekki”, which means the year grows late.

古瀬戸大海茶入 銘節季 根津美術館蔵
大海茶入は大振りで、口が広く、甑の低い平丸形のものをいう。口の広いところから海にたとえてこの名がある。紫みを帯びた柿色に黒釉がまじり、ところどころべっこう色の釉がかけられている。箱蓋表に年の暮れを意味する銘「節季」が書かれているという。

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