19th century Japanese ceramic chawan (tea bowl) for tea ceremony with crackled orange / cream glaze and underglaze blue decoration of torii gates among pines and birds in flight. Superb free painting, Raku pottery produced in the Kyoto region. Beautiful potting with spiral line on the bottom of the bowl showing the way potter finished turning the piece. Stamped with potter’s seal on the lower body. Well-used, in great condition, 3 old Japanese gold lacquer repairs on the rim testifying to the value of the object. Diameter 4 3/8 inches, height 2 15/16 inches.