Cylinder shaped (hanzutsu) tea bowl made of light, fine, unrefined Mino clay dating to the late Momoyama Period. Shape and style make it appear contemporary with the late Oribe bowls.
The expertly thrown body is covered with the typical black oniita engobe inside and outside - with the exception of the bottom - over which a white, feldspatic Shino glaze has been poured. Just the foot ring and its immediate surrounding was left unglazed.
The decoration scratched into the iron oxide engobe is the famous design of bamboo sprouts as found on the e-shino bowl in the Tokugawa Museum, Nagoya, and on the shards Arakawa Toyozo found in the mountains of Mino, which convinced him, that shine was actually produced in Mino (and not in Seto).
The somewhat irregular foot is typical for the late production of the 1620-ies at the Motoyashiki and Kamagane kilns. Next to the foot ring is a kiln mark in the form of the Japanese number 2 ’二’, this mark is well covered in the respective literature and dates to the early 17th century.
The bowl has a beautiful shape and is well balanced and it comes with a real antique wood box and a shifuku with purple colour.
Size: 8,6 cm height x 10,8 cm diameter.