We are proud to present you a very rare Korean Irabo Chawan made in the early Edo Period on Japanese order.
This is a Wan shaped tea bowl made of coarse, unrefined clay with a high content of iron oxide. The clay shows impurities and stones - some of them have exploded ('ishihaze'). Over the dark clay a thin, transparent ash glaze has been applied, inside is an aesthetic brush stroke (hake me) in white engobe.
The bowl has a beautiful shape and is well balanced. It has been used for many years as the heavy stain inside and around the rim indicates. The style is that of the ko-irabo bowls of the 16th century, but these were bigger and heavier.
Size, light weight and intentional distortion indicate that this chawan was made in the 17th century on Japanese order.
Size: 7,2 cm height, 14,2 cm diameter.