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900 year old Kamakura Period Yama Chawan with Foo Dog Kintsugi

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1492: Item # 1448731

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Japanese Yama Chawan (literally 'Mountain Tea Bowl'), biscuit firing ware with impressive natural glaze and slightly distorted form. It dates back to the Kamakura Period (1185 - 1333). Highlight is big golden Foo Dog which was added by a former owner as a kind of Kintsugi to close a damage on the inside surface. Such typ of Kintsugi is definitely rare.

You can also find traces of the famous kai-yu glaze on this excavated piece, which makes it to a true historic-cultural highlight.

At the beginning of the 9th century, ceramics that use cooking at very high temperatures (about 1240 degrees) and integrate ash plant are emerging, and the art of Japanese ceramics knows a considerable step forward. The glaze on such ceramics is called kai-yu. Its colors vary to some extent, depending on the ratio of impurities contained in the used ash. In general, however, the glaze turns light yellow green in oxidation firing, while it becomes light blue in reduction firing. This is the base of all other six glazes and very traditional because it has been used since the beginning of the Heian period (ca. 794-950).

During this time this type of glaze was found in kilns that baked pottery ONLY FOR ARISTOCRATS.

Great antique condition for an excavated piece (please refer to the pictures).

Size: 4 cm height x 14,5 cm in diameter.

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