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Extremely rare Karatsu Hissen Chawan of early Edo Period


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1700: Item # 1331284

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Wan-shaped tea bowl made of light, little iron oxide bearing, sandy Karatsu clay, which is unrefined and has mane inclusions. The rim has been cut in the shape of a hissen (brush washer - the shape prevents a brush placed on the rim to roll off).

The thinly thrown body is covered with the typical transparent Karatsu type of ash glaze. Under the glaze is a decoration in iron oxide representing some foliage on the one side and a three dot mon of the Nakasato family.

Hissen chawan were favoured by Kobori Enshu, the successor of Furuta Oribe, and tea master to the third Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. The unglazed foot and the bottom of the bowl support this date of course.

A very good wood box is included as well as shipping.

Size: 11,6 - 13,1 cm in diameter