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Jianyao tea bowl with hare’s fur (temmoku) glaze over a rough stone-ware body, Shuji, Fujian province, China, Song dynasty, C12. Traditionally, these rough bowls were thought of as the ideal tea bowls, both because they showed off perfectly the white powdered tea that was fashionable at that time and because their thick bodies retained the
heat well. The lustrous dark brown glaze, carrying reddish streaks of iron, has pulled away in firing to leave the reddish slip exposed around the rim. Tuhao (hare’s fur) is the most common term for them in Song literature; also Yuhao (jade fur) and yihao marvellous fur). They are known as temmoku in
Japan after the Chinese holy mountain (Tianmu) that they were reported to come from; they played a crucial role in defining the aesthetics of the tea ceremony and were much imitated by Japanese potters.
Diameter: 12.5 cm
Condition: Great. No sign of repair, no restoration.