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Black Raku-yaki Chawan by Sasaki Shoraku III

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 2000: Item # 1179395
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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This chawan (tea bowl) is another fine example of the high level of craftsmanship of one of Kyoto’s best-known raku-yaki potters, Sasaki Shoraku III, born in 1944. The Shoraku kiln has been producing raku wares for three generations, and its bowls are widely used by practitioners of the tea ceremony across Japan.

The founder of the Shoraku lineage established a kiln near the famous Kiyomizu temple in Eastern Kyoto. The kiln was moved to Kame-oka, near the Yada shrine in Kyoto, in 1945, as it is common to seek the patronage of a religious place in the raku tradition. It is then that the head priest of the Yada shrine gave Shoraku his name. The current Shoraku inherited that name from his father in 1962.

The chawan is signed, in perfect condition and comes in a signed box.
Dimensions: 12 x 8 cm (4.8 x 3.2 in), Weight: 320g (11.2 oz)

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