Edo period (1615-1868)
Irabo-style Tea Bowl (chawan)
8.5 cm (h.), 13.4 cm (diam.)
Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Dp.113
Archeology and World Cultures
The original Irabo-style tea bowl was made in Korea in the early seventeenth century for Japanese tea masters. Its unpretentious nature, especially its rough texture, met the late-sixteenth-century Japanese tea aesthetic, which cherished the simple and the rustic. In tribute to the original Korean style, Akahada ware intentionally mimicked the rough and humble texture of the Korean stoneware.