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Aka Raku-yaki Chawan by Waraku

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1950: Item # 1050951
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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This splendid aka raku-yaki chawan (red raku tea bowl) was made in the Waraku kiln, located in Kyoto since the latter part of the Edo period (1603-1868). The current bearer of the Waraku name is Kawasaki Kizou, a seventh generation potter, born in 1936, though this particular bowl was probably made by his predecessor.

Though subtle on this particular vessel, the mouth presents the characteristic go-zan (five mountains) shaped mouth, in reference to the five main Zen temples of Kyoto (Tofuku-ji, Tenryuji, Shokokuji, Kenninji and Manjuji, with Nanzenji as the head temple); it is a feature often seen on Raku bowls, but not exclusively.

The misty glaze over grey and red patches gives an atemporal character to the bowl; a primordial characteristic of Raku bowls as defined by their originators, the potter Chojiro ( - 1592) and the tea master Sen Rikyu (1522 – 1591).

The chawan is signed and in perfect condition (3 minute dents have been repaired with lacquer and gold, and certainly add to its character; see picture 7 & 8). The bowl comes in a signed wooden box. Dimensions: 11.5 x 8 cm (4.6 x 3.2 in); weight 300g (10.5 oz)

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