Tea bowl, Tenmoku type, Seto ware

Unknown17th-19th century, Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

Tenmoku tea bowl is a pottery that is fired by using iron glaze called tenmoku glaze. It was used for serving tea to a god and noble. The tea bowl was originally imported from China in the Kamakura period (12th-14th century); thereafter, it was 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 hip and turns into a black color. The base clay shows its reddish- brown coarse texture at the bottom.

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  • 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