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Antique Japanese Rakuzan-yaki Luster Chawan Tea Bowl

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Antique Japanese Rakuzan-yaki Luster Chawan Tea Bowl
A deep men-tori Tsutsu Chawan of pale millet glaze tinged with lustrous silver dating from the Meiji period (19th century) and enclosed in a much worn kiri-wood box signed Rakuzan. It is haunting, like a ghost passing through the shadows of the tea room. There is an impressed seal beside the foot and the box is titled Koetsu-utsushi chawan and signed Rakuzan-zo with a gourd shaped stamp reading Rakuzan. It is made of very light, low fired Raku clay, measuring 4 inches (10.5 cm) diameter, 4-1/4 inches (11 cm) tall and is in excellent condition. Choice pieces from a collection of unusual tea accoutrements recently acquired. The Rakuzan Kiln has been operating in Matsu-e city since the 1600s, with an emphasis on tea-ware.

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