One puzzlement though, those medieval jugs are European rather than Mingei. The Japanese did not use jugs traditionally, as far as I understand. Think it was Leach who appraised the Far East to their qualities but then, Hamada, as well as being a chair collector, may also have taken a few back with him when he returned from England in the early/mid-‘1920s. One thing is for sure, Yanagi – that old nationalist/imperialist would be considerably disturbed in his resting place to see them described as ‘Mingei‘.
But as Finn says… wonder which collection these are taken from?
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