Karatsu ware was highly accepted tea utensils nationwide. In the Edo period (1603-1867), the Nabeshima clan in the Saga domain had the official kiln to produce outstanding Karatsu ware; they were made as gifts for the shogunate family. It came to be called “Kenjo (tribute)-Karatsu”.
Title: Tea bowl with design of cloud and crane, Kenjo type, Karatsu ware
Date Created: 18-19th century, End of Edo period
Location Created: Karatsu, Japan
Physical Dimensions: H: 7.3 cm; Dia: 11.9 cm (mouth), 5.3 cm (base); Wt: 295 g