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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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