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Edo Period Rakuzan Chawan

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Earthenware: Pre 1900: Item # 1264541
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Nakagawa 557-4-302
Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita-ken Japan 879-5104

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A very fine chawan (tea bowl) made in the Rakuzan pottery tradition during the late Edo period by either the 7th or 8th Nagaoka Sumiemon.

The Rakuzan kiln was established in 1677 in the city of Matsue (current Shimane prefecture), under the patronage of the Matsudaira clan. It is heavily influenced by the Hagi tradition.

This small bowl shaped as an Ido-chawan shows its ties to similar Hagi vessels of the period. Its finely crackled light brown glaze with purple undertones veil it in the classic robe of chawan favored by tea masters who revered elegance in sobriety: a concept rooted in Zen philosophy.

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The chawan is in perfect condition and will be shipped in a vintage wooden box (later made).
Dimensions: 12.7 x 7.7 cm (5.1 x 3.1 in)

$340 or Best Offer

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