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Weighty, yet smooth and even in the hand, this Kuro Oribe bowl is quite attractive and unique in its construction. The jet-black glaze nicely highlights the Chrysanthemum flowers (Kiku) on the front and back of the bowl which are auspicious symbols of longevity and rejuvenation in Japan. When first introduced to the island nation during the Nara period (710 – 793 AC), the Japanese Royal Family was fascinated with the Chrysanthemum. Eventually, during the passing of the years, the Chrysanthemum become the Imperial Family Emblem.
In fine condition, this piece is 5.1 inches in diameter (13 cm) and stands 3.3 inches tall (8.5 cm). The bowl is signed on the base, however, the name of the creator has been lost to the ages. Furnished with a period wood box, this piece would make a welcome addition for any aspiring tea-ware collector or tea enthusiast.