Tea bowl, red Raku ware, named "Jukushi"

Hon'ami Kôetsu1558/1637

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

This generously sized tea bowl has a slender "clamshell" lip curving gently inward; the body rounds plumply outward towards its base. The foot has been shaved down so that it is imbedded in the base; turned upside down, the bowl is said to look like a persimmon's calyx (kaki no heta). A generous coating of sand has been left adhering to the bottom edge. Glazed in red down to its foot, the bowl has one black area on its body, the result of a kiln change. It is not certain who gave this bowl the name Jukushi ("ripe persimmon"), but the outside of the lid of its box carries the inscription "Koetsu shukushi" in black ink, in what is thought to be the hand of Katagiri Sadamasa (1605-1673).

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  • Title: Tea bowl, red Raku ware, named "Jukushi"
  • Date Created: 1558/1637
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w121 x h86 cm
  • Object Width (English): 11.5 cm~12.1 cm (Diameter of mouth) / 4.8 (Diameter of foot)
  • Object Title (Japanese): 赤樂茶碗 銘 熟柿
  • Object Height (English): 8.6 cm
  • Object Date (English): Edo period, first half of 17th century
  • Category (Japanese): 陶磁器
  • Calligrapher, sculptor: Hon'ami Kôetsu
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 本阿弥光悦
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art, Suntory Museum of Art