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Song Dynasty Tenmoku Chawan


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A splendid Tenmoku chawan (tea bowl) dating from the Chinese Song dynasty (960-1279).

Tenmoku (Tian-mu in Chinese) bowls were first brought to Japan by Zen monks on their return from studying in China. During the Kamakura period (1185-1333), Zen Buddhism became very influential, and tea drinking was popular with the nobility. During the following Muromachi period (1338-1573), Tenmoku wares were much appreciated by the Ashikaga Shoguns and their court.

Although first associated with its shape, the term “tenmoku” is now used to designate the iron oxide rich glaze used to cover the vessels.

This particular bowl is small in size, as most of the older tea bowls were. Most were carried and used while traveling; in Japanese, these are called “tabi chawan”, also used for Japanese tea ceremonies performed outside. This chawan is a great representative of the genre, in excellent condition.

The bowl comes in a fitted wooden box.
Dimensions: 11 x 5 cm (4.4 x 2 in)

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