Ki-Zeto ware, Ki-Zeto-yaki (Yellow Seto)
High-fired ware that is one of the Mino-yaki styles originating in the late 16th century.
There are some key terms to know when looking at Ki-Seto:
• Aburage-de (deep-fried tofu) which is a thickly applied matte yellow glaze with a crinkled or semi-rough surface.
• Ayame-de are vessels with an iris design. Other incised designs include plum blossoms, radishes, turnips, and chrysanthemums. Can have an aburage-de feel in the glazing.
• Guinomi-de, hexagonal sake cup shapes, many of the earliest Ki-Seto wares excavated by Kato Tokuro at the Kamashita kiln (the most famous Momoyama-era Ki-Seto kiln) were of this small type. Very similar to aburage-de in glazing.
• Kiku-zara-de, wares originally fired at the Ohira kilns in Gifu during the early-mid Edo-era (1603 - 1867), usually with a foliated rim (rinka) and bold splashes of copper green.
• Tanpan, the green copper splashes on Ki-Zeto. They should appear natural and not just plastic looking roundels. Koge, brown scorch marks.