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Edo Period Hagi Chawan

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1900: Item # 1210250
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Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita-ken Japan 879-5104

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Here is a superb chawan (tea bowl) dating from the Edo period (1615-1868). It is a Hagi ware from the town of Hagi, located in Yamaguchi prefecture, on the sea of Japan.

Hagi pottery is one of the best known Japanese ceramics. The first Hagi kiln was established in 1648 by Korean potters who had been brought to Japan by the local lord, Mori Terumoto (1553-1625). Although they were supposed to produce potteries to be used exclusively by the Mori clan, Hagi potters purposely made dents in the rims of the bowls they were making to be able to sell them to merchants.

This particular bowl wears a wonderful white crackled glaze that actually has a distinct arc pattern on the shomen (face); the potter had a stroke of genius or luck. The design is simple yet its age gives it a noble air; a good example of the influence of humble Korean vessels on bowls destined to be used for the noble Japanese tea ceremony.

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The chawan is in perfect condition and will be shipped in a vintage wooden box.
Dimensions: 11.5 x 11 cm (4.6 x 4.4 in), Weight: 370g (13 oz)

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