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Black Raku Tea Bowl, called KANSANGETSU

Raku Kichizaemon2004

Sagawa Art Museum

Sagawa Art Museum

The source of the name “KANSANGETSU” refers to the phase from a classical Chinese poem. The notched lip is rightly warped like mountain roads. The piece is made by using a hand-forming technique, which is the traditional style of Raku ware. The ocher engobe covering the whole body is partly scraped off so as to come up an up-side-down image of mountains in contrast with the white clay (the unglazed part) and the ocher engobe. The area of inside bottom and the part from the low hip to the trimmed foot are coated with a thickly black glaze. It looks as if a large, dim sea of clouds reflects the moony mountains. This work is one of the “Ha no SHU” series.

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