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Aka Raku-yaki Chawan by Waraku

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Nakagawa 557-4-302
Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita-ken Japan 879-5104

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Aka Raku-yaki Chawan by Waraku

This splendid aka raku-yaki chawan (red raku tea bowl) was made in the Waraku kiln, located in Kyoto since the latter part of the Edo period (1603-1868). The current bearer of the Waraku name is Kawasaki Kizou, a seventh generation potter, born in 1936, though this particular bowl was probably made by his predecessor.

Though subtle on this particular vessel, the mouth presents the characteristic go-zan (five mountains) shaped mouth, in reference to the five main Zen temples of Kyoto (Tofuku-ji, Tenryuji, Shokokuji, Kenninji and Manjuji, with Nanzenji as the head temple); it is a feature often seen on Raku bowls, but not exclusively.

The misty glaze over grey and red patches gives an atemporal character to the bowl; a primordial characteristic of Raku bowls as defined by their originators, the potter Chojiro ( - 1592) and the tea master Sen Rikyu (1522 1591).

The chawan is signed and in perfect condition (3 minute dents have been repaired with lacquer and gold, and certainly add to its character; see picture 7 & 8). The bowl comes in a signed wooden box. Dimensions: 11.5 x 8 cm (4.6 x 3.2 in); weight 300g (10.5 oz)

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