Tea bowl in tenmoku shape

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1971
  • Geography

    Mikawachi, Nagasaki prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 6.3 x 11.5 cm (2 1/2 x 4 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Hirado Gasho XIV (1914-2005)
  • Description

    Tea bowl imitating Chinese Sung shape with small foot and finger groove below lip.
    Clay: extremely fine white porcelain.
    Glaze: clear, feldspathic, fine quality, smooth, glossy. Edge of foot-rim unglazed.
    Decoration: delicate and detailed painting in underglaze cobalt blue, clear, vivid and slightly violet tone. Outline and wash. Stylized trefoil and petal bands inside and outside blue lip. Boys at play and flying insects in garden of shrubs, pine and rocks. Double ring band on upper foot and inside at base of foot.
  • Inscriptions

    1. (L.A. Cort, 8 March 1996) Four-character signature in underglaze blue on base, Hirado Gasho (^j^).
    The inscriptions on the wooden lid read:
    (red seal, blurred, possibly Mikawachi-yaki)
    Mikawachi-yaki [Mikawachi ware] / Kenjo karako onchawan [presentation tea bowl with design of Chinese children]
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Origin

    Mikawachi, Nagasaki prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Anonymous gift
  • Type

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