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Antique 17th century Kuro Raku Chawan

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1700: Item # 1487964

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A beautifully crafted and remarkable example of an early Edo period (1603-1868) Raku Chawan. This bowl is strongly reminiscent of the Chōjirō tea bowls, the first head of the Raku family.

This exceptionally well-crafted tea bowl has a very meditative presence and reveals its highlights of a typically Momoyama Period classic black glaze. It comes with an old Japanese wooden box.

Raku tea bowls occupy a unique space in the world of tea because they strongly embody the aesthetic of Rikyū’s wabi-cha, the tea ceremony style strongly associated with the aesthetic sense of rustic simplicity. The roots of Raku tea bowls lie in the sosansai, or three-colored glazed wares; Chōjirō’s father brought the technical skills for making this ware with him when he immigrated to Japan from China. Chōjirō took this type of colorful pottery and purposely converted it to monochrome tones in a strong artistic statement negating what was then common practice in the world and rejecting values that he viewed as overused. That’s why the stillness in antique Raku bowls in intrinsically deep. Something that is deep is strong even if it is still. In the absolute pursuit of that stillness in a work, the artist makes its intensity evident to those who view it.

Raku tea bowls like this one are made by hand, without the use of a potter's wheel. In the process of forming the bowls, the potters handle the tea bowls in much the same way that users will hold them while drinking from them.

This creates a connection between the creator of the tea bowl and the participants in the tea ceremony. For this and other reasons, Raku bowls are a favorite of tea practitioners throughout Japan.

Great antique condition with no repairs.

Size: 8,4 cm height x 11,9 cm in diameter.

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