A very fine kuro-karatsu chawan (black karatsu tea bowl) dating from the Momoyama period (1573-1615). It is shaped in the kutsu-gata (shoe shape) style.
Karatsu is the name of a small seaside city, located in the Northern part of Kyushu, the third largest island of the Japanese archipelago. It has been an important pottery production center since the 16th century. After having invaded Korea (1592-1598) the Japanese warlords brought back Korean potters and their techniques, to be used for their own needs as tea ceremony practitioners. Karatsu ware has therefore been associated with that art and its sober style is well adapted to the Zen rooted tradition.
The bowl presents marks of well made old repairs, which do not take away its aura of nobility. The rough patches visible inside and around the kodai (foot) are kiln flaws particularly liked by connoisseurs.
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The bowl will be shipped in two wooden boxes (niju-bako).
Dimensions: 14 x 6.7 cm (5.6 x 2.7 in), weight 278g (9.7 oz)
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