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(Firm of) Nizaemon

Vase c.1900-10

Cast iron | 27.3 x 23.0 x 23.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 42343

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The rusted surface and simple outline of this vessel represent the aesthetic of wabi sabi. The terms derive from Buddhist philosophy and relate to a rustic simplicity (wabi) and the beauty that comes with age (sabi). Together, they show acceptance of life’s fragility and imperfection. Cast iron is an ideal material for representing these concepts because it is naturally prone to discolouration.