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Edo Period Aka Raku Chawan

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Earthenware: Pre 1900: Item # 1230025
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Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita-ken Japan 879-5104

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A superb aka raku chawan (red raku tea bowl) dating from the end of the Edo period (1615-1868).

The raku style of pottery was born more than 400 years ago, in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, from the collaboration between great tea master Sen-no-rikyu (1522-1591) and a potter named Chojiro ( - 1592), the forebear of the Raku family of potters.

This particular bowl was made by hand, without a potter’s wheel, and presents an asymmetric shape; it is a common feature of vessels used the for tea ceremony, an image for an impermanent world. The finely crackled glaze swings from orange to red, depending on the light, offering an endless show.

The kodai (foot), also sculpted by hand, is reminiscent of master tea bowls made by genius Kyoto artist Hon’ami Koetsu (1558-1637). There emanates the strength and dynamism of the chawan; a sort of fountain of energy that is echoed on the other side, in the bottom of the vessel, as a spiraling cha-damari (tea pool).

The chawan was made by an unknown potter named Kayu Okina, and it bears the name “Koto tori-ji” (the path of things taken) from “Musashi no tsuki” (the moon of Musashi), which apparently is an old Japanese song.

The chawan bears a couple of innocent hairlines. It is signed and comes in an antique wooden box.
Dimensions: 12.8 x 7.1 cm (5.1 x 2.8 in); weight 290g (10 oz)

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