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Raku Chawan by Deguchi Onisaburo (b)

Raku Chawan by Deguchi Onisaburo (b)

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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Chawan (tea bowls) made by Deguchi Onisaburo have a special place in the world of tea ceremony vessels, not only because they were made by an exceptional man, but also because they have such unique auras.

Deguchi Onisaburo was born in 1871, and though he is mainly remembered as having been a colorful leader of the Omoto religious sect, and the spiritual teacher of Aikido founder Ueshiba Morihei, the remarkable works of art (calligraphies, paintings, poems, potteries…) he has left have contributed to creating a group of enthusiastic collectors. Among those creations, chawan are probably the most prized and their caretakers are usually keen on holding on to them for a long time. Deguchi Onisaburo began to make tea bowls at the end of 1944 after having met Kyoto Raku-yaki (raku ware) potter Sasaki Shoraku. Although supplies for pottery making were hard to get in wartime, in a year, the highly spirited and passionate man managed to create more than 3000 bowls, which he called “yowan” (scintillating vessels). Indeed, and even though I have seen only a few, each has a particular brilliance and an awesome uniqueness. Hand made objects are charged with a piece of the soul of their creators, and Onisaburo bowls seem to have an even higher vibration, probably due to the spiritual nature of the artist. This particular bowl has those qualities, in colors and shape. It also has the innate dynamism of objects animated by the intense energy master craftsmen insufflate into them. Deguchi Onisaburo passed away in 1948, leaving us some divine chalices.

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The chawan is in excellent condition. It bears the mark of the potter and will be shipped in an unsigned box (signed box by Deguchi Onisaburo are very rare).
Dimensions: 12 x 7.5 cm (4.8 x 3 in)

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