Tea bowl, Irabo type

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1955-1965
  • Geography

    Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with Irabo glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (overall): 6.9 x 14.9 cm (2 11/16 x 5 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Kusube Yaichi (1897-1984)
  • Description

    Tea bowl in the form of, and bearing the glaze associated with, the type of Korean tea bowl known in Japan as Irabo, made in Korea for the Japanese market in the early seventeenth century.
    Wheel-thrown, gently everted bowl form with concave well (chadomari) in bottom, resting on roughly carved foot; outside of bowl trimmed to above mid-point of body, bringing stones in clay body to the surface.
    Clay: dense, dark brown stoneware containing numerous small stone fragments; well vitrified, ringing.
    Glaze: Irabo-type glaze, ochre-brown where thin (with brown clay showing through), olive green and lustrous where thick, especially around inside and outside of rim.
    Decoration: none
    Mark: square seal "Ya" impressed on base inside footrim (glaze reserved).
  • Marks

    Mark: square seal "Ya" impressed on base inside footrim (glaze reserved).
  • Inscriptions

    The bowl is contained in a paulownia wood box inscribed and signed by the artist. The inscription on the front of the box lid reads: (upper right) Irabo/chawan [Irabo tea bowl]; (lower left) Yaichi saku [made by Yaichi] [square red seal: Natsuyama].
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Origin

    Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Sanae and Douglas Reeves
  • Type

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