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Tea Bowl (chawan)

Location

JAPAN, KYOTO
Kyoto ware

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)-Meiji period (1868-1912)

Title

Tea Bowl (chawan)

Date

19th c.

Materials

Stoneware, painted decoration in underglaze blue, gilding over ash glazeFalse seal of "Ninsei"

Dimensions

7.7 cm (h.), 12.7 cm (diam.)

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Ee.6

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

This deep tea bowl is covered with ash glaze of various tones from bluish to pinkish cream and mottled areas that appeared during firing. The exterior is decorated with a motif of the saihai, or commander’s baton, which extends to the interior. The saihai indicates the supreme rank of the holder and was used as an auspicious symbol.

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