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Ogata Shūhei

Tea Bowl (chawan) Decorated with a Scene from a Kabuki Play


Ogata Shūhei
Japan, 1788-1839


Tea Bowl (chawan) Decorated with a Scene from a Kabuki Play


Early 19th c.


Stoneware, painted decoration in underglaze blue, crackled glaze


8.5 cm (h.), 14.8 cm (diam.)


Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Ee.20


Archeology and World Cultures

The exterior of this tea bowl (chawan) is decorated with a scene from the famous Kabuki play Chushingura, about samurai loyalty. This particular scene takes place at a tea house in Kyoto, where the hero Oishi Kuranosuke, the leader of the forty-seven rōnin (samurai without a master), pretends to indulge in debauchery in order to deceive his enemies while secretly plotting the revenge of his late master.

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