Little distorted half cylinder shaped (tsutsugata) tea bowl made of light, coarse, unrefined Mino clay.
The expertly thrown body is covered with the typical, glossy black iron oxide glaze inside and outside.
The window is decorated with three concentric squares and twigs in iron oxide glaze has then covered with a clear ash and feldspar glaze. This is a typical Momoyama design.
The three concentric squares is the mon (the family crest) of the famous Kabuki actor family Ichikawa with their members Ichikawa Ebizô I, II, III (also known as Ichikawa Danjûrô III). This chawan has been owned by their ancestors at the early 17th.century.
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The somewhat irregular foot is typical for the late production of the 1620ies at the Motoyashiki and Kamagane kilns.
The tea bowl comes together with wood box and shifuku.
Size: 9,1 cm height x 11,3 cm in diameter.