DSCN4714Green Glazed Split Pepper Mukoudzuke (Ryokuyu Wari Sanshou) by Dou’nyuu

This month’s cover is from “Yugi Museum’s Famed Works”
Edo period (17th century) 8.5 cm tall, 12.3 cm in diameter
Editor and Text: KURABAYASHI Shigeyuki, Yugi Museum Curator

The name “split pepper” comes from the shape of the body, which triangular with large notches cut out of it like a sanshou peppercorn which has split open. On explanation says the design is from Hosokawa Sansai, and we can find precedents made for Ohdura and Ueno-ware. This work is quite large and closely resembles tea bowls made by Dounyuu and Kouetsu.

An uneven green glaze is placed over an extremely thin–to the point of disappearing–layer of paste. It allows the yellow colour of the paste to show through bewitchingly, contrasting well with the green glaze. The round base has three small feet and is stamped with Dounyuu’s 「樂」(raku) seal.

It is a ten dish set, which six done in a green glaze and four done in a thicker glaze. “Nonkou-ware Three-leaf Mukoudzuke” is written on the box lid. On the inside of the lid is written “Kanji-san Soushin” with artistic stamps. These refer to various Mid-Edo period Kyoto thread importers and the tea master Sakamoto Shuusai, who are mentioned in the “Record of the Restored Meibutsu of the House of Sen”. It is quite interesting that this work is called “three-leaf” as it is tradition of Shuusai, Karinaka Nakamura (a Kyoto Nishijin brocade merchant), and Yuasa (a Kyoto battery maker).

In this picture, the mukoudzuke holds abalone, young radish leaves, ginger, and rock nori dressed in vinegar, made by Kitchou of Kourai Bridge. The rice and soup bowls are kuro ichimoji wan and the tray is a kuro kamibari oritame zen. They are made by Watanabe Kisaburo II.


緑釉割山椒向付 道入作
監修・文 倉林重幸 湯木美術館学芸員
江戸時代(十七世紀)高8.5cm 胴径12.3cm