Japanese, Unglazed Nanban Bonsai Container, 285 x 75mm

Nanban containers were originally animal drinking bowls used in China for many centuries. 

Today these organic, rustic containers which are often hand formed are used extensively with bunjin or literati styled bonsai trees.

This nanban is mass produced in Japan. The clay used and finish of the container will ensure that with a little use character in the form of patina will rapidly accumulate.