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Kenzan-style Tea Bowl (chawan)

Location

JAPAN, KYOTO
Kyoto ware

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)

Title

Kenzan-style Tea Bowl (chawan)

Date

19th c.

Materials

Stoneware, painted decoration in underglaze white slip and polychrome enamel

Dimensions

7.9 cm (h.), 11.4 cm (diam.)

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Dp.40

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

This tea bowl is decorated on the exterior with two groups of plum blossoms painted in white underglaze slip and in red and blue enamels over a transparent glaze. The bowl is signed “Kenzan” in bold seal characters near the foot rim. Ever since the death of the great Rimpa master in 1743, several generations of potters have adopted the name.

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