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Japan's national treasure: Korean ido pottery tea bowl KIZAEMON IDO

Koraimono (means Korean ware)Koraimono is a general term referring to tea utensils produced in the Korean Peninsula, in contrast with the Chinese-produced style of pottery known as "karamono." Around the mid-16th century, corresponding with the rise of the wabi-cha style of tea ceremony, this multi-purpose bowl produced in ordinary kilns throughout the Korean peninsula came [...]

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Japan's National Treasure: Shiroraku-Chawan FUJISAN

One of the two Japanese pottery tea bowls designated as national treasures. This is the work of Koetsu Honami who was active from Momoyama period to Edo period. It was named meaning the one and only chawan formed by associating snow-capped Mount Fuji. On the other hand, it is also said that ash happened to [...]

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Antique Chinese celadon tea bowl JUKO CHAWAN

Murata Juko (1423-1502) is known in Japanese cultural history as the founder of chanoyu (or sado, Japanese tea ceremony), in that he was the early developer of the wabi-cha style of tea enjoyment employing native Japanese implements. In the shogun family of the Muromachi period , the Tenmoku tea bowl or celadon porcelain tea bowl of [...]

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Japan's national treasure: Chinese longquan celadon tea bowl BAKOHAN

One famous Longquan ceradon bowl is named Bakohan, and is a National Treasure of Japan displayed in the Tokyo National Museum. According to a document from the Edo period this beautiful green tea bowl was made in a Longquan kiln between 1127-1279 (the South song era) and gifted from China to Japan's Taira no Shigemori [...]

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Antique Korean ido pottery incense case KONOYO

The inscription "Kono yo (this world)" comes from a poem by Izumi Shikibu in the Goshui Wakashu (a collection of medieval poetry) which reads: "Soon my life will be at an end: above all other memories of this world, let me remember this, the moment of our meeting" to express its rarity. Known to have [...]

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Japan's National Treasure: Shino-Chawan UNOHANAGAKI

One of the two pottery tea bowls designated as national treasures that has been baked in Japan. It has been fired in a kiln called Mutabora kama in Mino ( an old province of the southern part of Gifu Prefecture) in Momoyama period, which is characterized by its warped shape, unconventional spatula work, and [...]

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