Tea bowl, Tenmoku type, Seto ware

Unknown17th-19th century, Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

Tenmoku tea bowls are ceramic tea bowls that are fired by using an iron glaze called a tenmoku glaze. They were originally imported from China for serving tea to gods or noble people in the Kamakura period (12th-14th century). Thereafter, they were also produced in Japan.
This tea bowl has reddish-brown striations of the glaze called “nogime” from the thin lip to the thick inner bottom. The glaze builds up and makes a comma-shaped pool at the bottom. The glaze on the outer surface is a bronze color, which builds up at the waist and turns into a black color. The base clay shows its reddish- brown coarse texture from the hip to the bottom.


  • Title: Tea bowl, Tenmoku type, Seto ware
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 17th-19th century, Edo period
  • Location Created: Seto, Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 11.8cm; Dia: 7.0cm (mouth), 4.4cm (base)
  • Type: Ceramic

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