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Ido Chawan

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Pre 1990: Item # 657512
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Kami-cho 2-2-6, Ageo-shi
Saitama-ken, Japan 362-0037

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The open scars of this splendid tea bowl expose a coarse clay that reveals its rustic origins. Ido chawan used to be made as rice bowls for peasants, in Korea, centuries ago. They later gained the admiration of Japanese tea ceremony masters, who lauded their simple beauty. This particular piece is very masculine in design and in character, as its unhealed wounds, proudly displayed, seem to bear witness to a turbulent life. The bowl has already aged and wears its years with dignity. It was made by a Korean potter named An-Don-Go (approximate transcription) (1919-1989). An-Don-Go was a Living National Treasure of Korea and exposed several times in Japan. The chawan is signed and in perfect condition. It will be shipped in a signed box. Dimensions: 14.5 cm x 8cm (5.8 in x 3.2 in); Weight: 315 g (11 oz) More pictures available on demand.