Say the word 'Momoyama' to any Japanese pottery connoisseurs, and their eyes will inevitably light up. Most ceramic enthusiasts would give up any Saturday-night vice to own just one Momoyama Shino, Bizen or Karatsu guinomi (sake cup) or chawan (tea bowl). Here is another Momoyama item from our collection:
Cylinder shaped (hanzutsu) tea bowl made of light, fine, unrefined Mino clay - slightly discoloured by age and use, which has also enhanced beautiful, fine crazing.
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 may be interpreted as Japanese plum blossoms (ume). The somewhat irregular foot is typical for the production of the Momoyama Era at the Motoyashiki and Kamagane kilns.
The bowl has a beautiful shape, a perfect antique atmosphere and is well balanced.
We offer this early Momoyama item together with a good wood box and a purple shifuku for perfect protection and storage.
Size: 8,4 cm height x 12,1 cm in diameter.