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Vintage Raku style Tea Cup of Ohi ware

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1960: Item # 1356676

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This is a wonderful vintage Japanese Raku style tea cup of Ohi ware, which was made about 50-60 years ago. The seal of 'Ohi' is stamped on the bottom. This tea cup has an amazing amber glaze.

The original wooden box is also included.

Ohi ware has become well known for its use of Ame-gusuri, or amber glaze. Being a Raku style, it was low-fired and is quite light and soft in the hands. Tea bowls or Sake cups are sculpted from a single piece of clay and no potter's wheel is used.

By using special picks and tools, the Ohi master chips away moist clay until bowls or cups has taken form. The glazes are magnificent earth tones, and Black glazing is often applied as with Raku but the trademark, amber glaze is the epitome of the style.

When Senso Soshitsu (1622-1697), the Urasennke Grand Tea Master, was invited to Kanazawa in 1666, the founder of Ohi ware, Chozaemon visited Kanazawa togather. Chozaemon was the highest apprentice of Raku Ichinyu.

In 1686, he built a new klin in Kanazawa, and started Ohi ware.

Size: 8 cm height x 6,8 cm in diameter.

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