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Vintage Tenmoku Chawan

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre 1980: Item # 1265504
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Nakagawa 557-4-302
Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita-ken Japan 879-5104

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A very attractive Tenmoku chawan (tea bowl).

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.

Tenmoku bowls are still made today and are some of the most difficult ceramics to produce. This particular chawan was made in the 20th century, but it is a splendid example of the genre: an echo of the cosmos it is meant to represent.

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The chawan is in excellent condition.

Dimensions: 12 x 7 cm (4.8 x 2.8 in)

Worldwide shipping: EMS $32 (with insurance and tracking), SAL $13

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