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Tea Bowl

Location

KOREA
Busan ware, Gohon type

Era

Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)

Title

Tea Bowl

Date

Second half of 17th c.

Materials

Stoneware, ash glaze

Dimensions

9.6 cm (h.), 12.6 cm (diam.)

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Dp.97

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

Tea practitioners sometimes repurposed vessels that were not meant for the tea ceremony. For example, a common but old Korean rice bowl could serve as a tea bowl, because its rustic appearance matched with the aesthetic of tea, which calls for an appreciation of the simple and the imperfect. This Gohon-type tea bowl, whose shape and glaze was based on the prototype of Korean rice bowls, was made to order in Busan, Korea, in the second half of seventeenth century.

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