Black Kuro-Oribe Japanese Bowl for Tea Ceremony Chawan Early Edo Period (around 1620)

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Seller: kokusenya (1.822) 98.2%, Location: Berlin, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 392373736107 Kuro-Oribe Chawan of Early Edo Period Distorted shoe shaped (kutsugata) tea bowl with a rounded brim, made of light, coarse, unrefined Mino clay. The expertly thrown body was trimmed with a potter's knife in its lower part and around the foot ring. This bowl was covered with a black iron oxide glaze. On one side a window left unglazed and covered with a thin transparent ash glaze under wich an abstract geometrical decoration was painted in iron oxide. The bowl is well balanced. A similar piece was excavated at Kyoto's Medieval Pottery Center at Sanjo Kawaramachi (p.38 - lower picture in: `Tea Ceramics Unearthed from Kyotio's Medieval Pottery Center´, Chado Shiriokan, Kyoto 2012). Diameter: 15.6 cmhight; 76.8 cmfoot ring: 6.7 cm No box ! Intl. Shipping will be USD 25.00 . Within Germany USD 8.00 This is a private sale! Mino Excavated Tea CeramicsMino ceramics were produced for the Kyoto market; about 1630/40 a change of fashion took place, resulting in an overproduction at the kilns. The merchandize was still warehoused at the kilns, but the Kyoto whole sellers did not buy anymore. This is also evidenced by a number of full warehouses excavated in Kyoto. Over the years the kilns were covered by leaves and humus. Before the Tokyo Olympics an new highway was built trough the region (the Chuo Expressway), during the construction unkown kilns were unearthed but not scientifically recorded, because of time pressure. On the construction free weekends people (mostly farmers living nearby) went 'treasure hunting' and found truck loads of tea bowls mizusashi and other tea ceramics. Since about 1990 these pieces appear in the market in Japan, as young people have little interest in tea ceremony or collecting anymore. Of course there are broken pieces, but many are unharmed and were well protected by the soft earth of the woods; after rinsing the them with water, they look like new ? even though many have discoloration from black soil at the unglazed areas. All four pieces I had TL-tested (Cost about $ 400 per piece) have confirmed an age about 400 yrs =/- 20%. Region of Origin: Japan, Age: Pre-1800, Primary Material: Porcelain & Pottery, Original/Reproduction: Original, Type: Bowls

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