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Araki Takako Bible Series Chawan Tea Bowl


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A rare Chawan tea bowl imprinted with her signature text from the Bible Series by modernist artist Araki Takao fired by Uchida Koichi enclosed in the original wooden box titled Seisho Hakuryu-yu Chawan signed by both artists.  The script raises pillar like up the side, wrapping around inside the bowl, and would be slowly revealed as the thick green tea was consumed in three sips.  The Bible Series is arguably one of her most important, and this piece is a very rare work bridging the Zen culture of Tea and the Abrahamic religions.    
Size, D 15.2 cm   H 8.9  cm 
Condition, Excellent 
Araki Takako (1921-2004) was born daughter of a Zen priest in Nishinomiya, Hyogo prefecture between the cities of Osaka and kobe.  Her brother, a devout Christian, died of tuberculosis, causing Araki to question the value of religion.  Araki devoted herself to the family profession of flower arranging until 1952 when she began to study painting. From 1960 to 1961 she studied sculpting in New York before returning to Japan where she studied ceramics at Kyoto Municipal Polytechnique School (today’s Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Technology), and then in different pottery centers. Her reputation for sculptural ceramics was established in 1979 when she received the grand prize at the Nihon Tôgei Ten National Ceramics Exhibition as well as internationally the silver prize and Grand Prize at Faenza International Ceramic Competition, Italy.  In 1996 she was awarded the JCS Gold prize, arguably the most important award for a potter, by the Japan Ceramics Society.  Her work is held in the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia).  For more see Soaring Voices-Contemporary Japanese Women Ceramic Artists, 2007,