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Kuro Raku-yaki Chawan signed Sen-te

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1980: Item # 1195948
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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This beautiful chawan (tea bowl) is a Raku ware. Raku potteries were first made in Kyoto during the 16th century by a potter named Chojiro ( - 1592), with the guidance of tea master Sen-no-rikyu (1522 - 1591). To these days, black raku tea bowls are the most revered vessels by Japanese tea ceremony practitioners. As Sen-no-rikyu was an adept of Zen philosophy, traditional raku bowls reflect that spirit in that they are ideally impersonal and ephemeral in design.

Also, the contrast of emerald tea in a black bowl is quite an enjoyable spectacle.

Little is known about the origin of this particular chawan. The box bears the name of Chodaiji, a temple located in Shimane prefecture, and the bowl is signed Sen-te, which means “thousand arms”; the temple houses a statue of Sente-kannon, the one-thousand-arm goddess of compassion.

The chawan is signed, in perfect condition and comes in a signed box.

Dimensions: 13 x 9 cm (5.2 x 3.6 in), Weight: 340g (12 oz)

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