A splendid chawan (tea bowl) dating from the middle of the Edo period (1615-1868). It is small in size and was probably used while traveling or for an outdoor Japanese tea ceremony. The finely crackled yet sober glaze is typical of Hagi ware of that period. The bowl presents an interesting silver patina around the inside part of the mouth, probably coming from repeated usage. It is said that Hagi ware has seven lives, as its aspect changes over time and use.
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 as fake flaws to be able to sell them to merchants.
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The chawan is in excellent condition and will be shipped in a vintage fitted wooden box.
Dimensions: 11.5 x 7 cm (4.6 x 2.8 in)
Worldwide shipping: EMS $32 (with insurance and tracking), SAL $13
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