Black Raku Tea Bowl, yakinuki type, called SUIKOKU JUNEN

Raku Kichizaemon2003

Sagawa Art Museum

Sagawa Art Museum

The source of the name “SUIKOKU JUNEN” refers to the phase from a classical Chinese poem. The piece is made by using a hand-forming technique and sculptural process of trimming, which is the traditional style of Raku ware. The notched lip is rightly warped like mountain roads and partially trimmed with a spatula. It is entirely covered with an ash glaze and partially painted with a yellowish green, called a ‘moegi’. A black glaze gently flows in several lines from the notched lip to the foot. From just under the mouth to the low hip, a dark-green glaze is poured slantwise in a belt shape, and with the same glaze, the gregarious-plant-like-pattern is embodied on the boundaries of the colour. The work is one of the ‘Ha no HA’ series.

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