Matsui, an ordained Buddhist monk, was named a Living National Treasure of Japan in 1993 for his mastery of the time-consuming technique of neriage or the layering of different colored clays. The technique originated in China in the Tang dynasty (618–906) and was largely limited to molded pieces. Working at the kiln built in 1755 at his temple the Gesshūji, Matsui refined the technique, making it possible to create this kind of effect in wheel-thrown pottery.
Japanese, b. 1927
3 ½ x 4 15/16 in. (8.9 x 12.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 81.66
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