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Ogata Shūhei

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

Artist

Ogata Shūhei
Japan, 1788-1839

Title

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

Date

Early 19th c.

Materials

Stoneware, painted decoration in underglaze blue, crackled glaze

Dimensions

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

Credits

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

Collection

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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