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Irabo-style Tea Bowl (chawan)

Location

JAPAN, NARA PREFECTURE
Akahada ware

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)

Title

Irabo-style Tea Bowl (chawan)

Date

19th c.

Materials

Stoneware

Dimensions

8.5 cm (h.), 13.4 cm (diam.)

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Dp.113

Collection

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.

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