The inscription found on the lid of the box, Ohi gansu saku, “Made by the Ohi founder” implies that this piece was created by the founder of the Ohi kiln, Ohi Chozaemon Hodoan (1630-1712, student of Raku IV, Ichinyu). This cylindrical flower vase (hana tsutsu) is known by the poetic name: yari no saya (spear’s sheath). It has a metal ring attached to facilitate hanging in the tokonoma, the display niche of a tearoom.
Flickwerk. The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics, Exhibition Catalogue, Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and Museum für Lackkunst, 2008, ill. p.45.
Ohi Chozaemon [Hodoan] (1630-1712), attr.
Glazed ceramic (Ohi ware)
H: 26.3 cm (10 1/2 in.)
D: 6.2 cm (2 1/2 in.)