Made in Mino in Gifu prefecture, these e-shino type small bowls were produced in sets of five or ten and used to serve guests the special foods of the Kaiseki meal that often accompanied formal tea ceremonies. These two bowls were wheel-formed, then shaped while the clay was still wet. They were then painted with simple, almost abstract designs using iron oxide for the pigment. Then they were dipped in a thick white glaze which was allowed to fall unevenly over the body, inside and out. The bottoms are carved with a shallow footring and partially covered in white glaze. The oval-shaped potter's seal is impressed on one side of the footring. Much of the bottom is unglazed, including three fingertip marks where the potter held it when he dipped it into the glaze. Shino ware was a very highly regarded ceramic by practitioners of the tea ceremony. Good condition, no cracks or restorations.
Height: 2 in., Diameter: 3 ¾ in. (both)