This is one of the first tea bowls in Japan, which came together with the first tea from China. It is a Chinese Jian Tenmoku Tea Bowl of the oil-spot type. These bowls were produced in large quantities for the general public as well as for the imperial court between the 10th and and the 13th century in the Fujian province.
This type with the flaring mouth is relatively rare and is shaped in James M. Plummers: Temmoku (Tokyo, 1972), p.63. The "Oil-Spots" are of the brownish (the Japanese call it gold) and not of the silver color. It dates from the 11th. or 12th. century and is in very good condition with no cracks or repairs.
This important and valuable bowl was exhibited from May 22 to September 2011 at the famous Museum "Keramion" in Frechen (Germany). It is published in a fantastic huge book called "Momoyama Keramik und ihr Einfluss auf die Gegenwart" (english/german language) with a foreword of the Japanese ambassador in Germany. In the book this bowl is described and shown with a photo on page 23, catalogue no.4. ISBN-978-3-94005-06-8
A real antique cultural treasure of the history of Japanese and Chinese tea ceremony.
Diameter: 16.2 cm, height 6.8 cm, foot ring: 4.7 cm
A very good box and a new edition of the book are part of the offer and will be sold together with this spectacular tea bowl.