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Celadon tea bowl named “Ayumi” by Unkei Tamura, 2005

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Celadon tea bowl named “Ayumi” by Unkei Tamura, 2005

This very fine celadon tea bowl by Unkei Tamura was named “Ayumi” to honor the Imperial Poetry Reading of 2005 and was created in that year. The theme of the reading was “Ayumi” (walking) and the event celebrated the 60-year anniversary of the end of World War II. Four waka poems were presented by the emperor and empress, and the crown prince and crown princess, all of which involve walking and contemplation. The tea bowl appropriately depicts a monk with tall staff walking a path through a landscape populated with auspicious plants and animals: pine, bamboo, a spotted deer, a tortoise and a phoenix. The bowl includes a signed box in the shiho-zan style inscribed on the face and the inside of the lid, and a gold colored chakin bearing the artist’s seal. Condition: excellent. Diameter (bowl): 11.8cm (4-5/8”); Height: 8cm (2-7/8”). Weight (bowl): 251g (8.8 ozs.); Dimensions (box): 11.8cm (h) x 14.8cm x 14.8cm (4-1/4” x 5-7/8” x 5-7/8”). Weight (with box): 1 lb. 2.4 ozs. Shipping weight: 2 lbs. Copyright © 2013 by Robert McCaffrey. All Rights Reserved.

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