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Edo Period Hagi Chawan

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1900: Item # 1227310
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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Hagi pottery is one of the best known Japanese ceramics. The first Hagi kiln was established in 1648 by Korean potters who had been brought to Japan by the local lord, Mori Terumoto (1553-1625). Although they were supposed to produce potteries to be used exclusively by the Mori clan, Hagi potters purposely made dents in the rims of the bowls they were making to be able to sell them to merchants.

p> This serene vessel has the sober robe of a humble monk, yet its finely crackled robe and soft undertones reveal its elegance. It is light and of small size, as were older bowls. This creates a sense of intimacy, once hold in the hands. Inside the bowl, the chadamari (tea pool) becomes the gathering point of its warmest aspect, its heart rendered in pink.

Underneath, the kodai (foot) shows austerity and perfect balance. It is a well made microcosm, a miniature Zen garden from which this chalice draws its strength.

The chawan bears a few signs of its age; a couple of hairlines, one of which has been slightly repaired with lacquer and gold. It comes in an antique wooden box. Dimensions: 13.5 x 8 cm (5.4 x 3.2 in); weight 260g (9.1 oz)

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