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A very interesting chawan (tea bowl) from the Korean Joseon period (Richo in Japanese; 1392-1897). This particular piece appears to date from the 15th/ 16th century and comes with what may be the original box and a quite old silk pouch. The light creamy crackled glaze is smooth in the hand and fine hairline fractures radiating along the walls of the bowl show remnants of gold repairs from previous centuries. Such pieces have long been favored by learned cha-jin (tea people) and are quite prized today as relatively few from this era have survived intact.
In fine antique condition, this piece is 6 inches in diameter (15 cm) and stands 2.6 inches tall (6.5 cm). It comes in an antique wood box with the characters 井戸 (Ido) and 碗 (wan) stenciled on the lid and is wrapped in its own custom silk pouch (shifuku). ** International shipping and insurance included in price.
Note: A similar example can be seen at the world renowned Miho Museum, in the Shiga foothills west of Kyoto: http://www.miho.or.jp/booth/html/artcon/00001465.htm