Meiji Bijutsu

Black Raku Chawan by Sasaki Shoraku III

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 2000: Item # 1186511
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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This wonderful Kuro Raku-yaki Chawan (black raku tea bowl) was part of the collection of a Japanese master-calligrapher also known for his pottery. We will present you a very diverse selection of his chawan and tea utensils.

This particular bowl was made by a craftsman named Sasaki Shoraku, born in 1944. Sasaki Shoraku is a third generation potter from Kyoto. The Shoraku kiln was established near the world known Kiyomizu temple in eastern Kyoto by the founder of the Shoraku lineage. In 1945, it was moved to Kameoka, near the Kyoto Yada shrine, whose head priest gave Shoraku his name. That is the kiln the famous mystic and artist Deguchi Onisaburo (1871-1948) used to make his spectacular Raku tea bowls. The current Shoraku inherited that name from his father in 1962.

The bowl is a well made replica of a splendid chawan made by Chojiro ( - 1592), the forebear of the Raku family of potters, who created the genre with tea master Sen Rikyu (1522-1591). The original chawan is named Hachihiraki; it is customary to name exceptional tea bowls as they are considered embodiments of their maker's spirit. And it is not rare to have master craftsmen copy those works as exercises of style.

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The chawan is signed and in excellent condition. It will be shipped in a box that bears the signature and the seal of Sasaki Shoraku.
Dimensions: 11.3 x 8 cm (4.5 x 3.2 in); 276 g (9.7 oz)

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