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Red Raku ware teabowl with imprinted leaf designs

Accession Number
1954/1.537

Title
Red Raku ware teabowl with imprinted leaf designs

Artist(s)
Raku Tan'nyû

Object Creation Date
circa 1820 - circa 1840

Medium & Support
earthenware with red and gray glaze

Dimensions
3 15/16 in x 4 3/4 in x 4 3/4 in (10 cm x 12 cm x 12 cm)

Credit Line
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

Label copy
Sen no Rikyû (1522–1591), tea master to Japan’s most powerful warlords in the late sixteenth century, championed the use of humble materials in the tea ceremony. Instead of expensive imported Chinese celadon or bronze flower vases, for example, he carved his own from bamboo in his own garden. Rikyû encouraged the Kyoto potter Chôjirô (1515–1592) to develop a new type of tea bowl, known as raku ware, formed by hand and fired in a simple, pit-like chamber. Chôjirô’s distinctive, thick-walled tea bowls set the standard for works by later generations of the Raku family, such as this tea bowl and UMMA 2000/1.30.
Over the centuries, three lines of tea schools directly descended from Sen no Rikyû. The successive heads of these three families often would hand-form their own tea bowls, which would then be glazed and fired by the then head of the Raku family. For an example of such a tea bowl, please see UMMA 1963/2.71, which is attributed to Sen Sôshu X, the tenth generation head of the Mushanokoji School of Tea.
From "Silk Road to Clipper Ship: Trade, Changing Markets, and East Asian Ceramics."
exhibited summer 2010
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Raku Tan’nyû
Japan, 1795–1854
Red Raku ware tea bowl with stamped leaf designs
Edo period (1615–1868)
1820s–40s
Earthernware with red and gray glaze
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker, 1954/1.537
Sen Rikyû (1522–1591), tea master to Japan’s most powerful warlords in the late sixteenth century, championed the use of humble materials in the tea ceremony. Instead of expensive imported Chinese celadon or bronze flower vases, for example, he carved his own vase from bamboo in his garden. Rikyû encouraged the Kyoto potter Chôjirô (1515–1592) to develop a new type of tea bowl, known as Raku ware, formed by hand and fired in a simple, pit-like chamber. Chôjirô’s distinctive, thick-walled tea bowls set the standard for works by later generations of the Raku family lineage of tea wares, such as this bowl.
(6/28/10)

Subject matter
Sen no Rikyû (1522–1591), tea master to Japan’s most powerful warlords in the late sixteenth century, championed the use of humble materials in the tea ceremony. Instead of expensive imported Chinese celadon or bronze flower vases, for example, he carved his own from bamboo in his own garden. Rikyû encouraged the Kyoto potter Chôjirô (1515–1592) to develop a new type of tea bowl, known as raku ware, formed by hand and fired in a simple, pit-like chamber. Chôjirô’s distinctive, thick-walled tea bowls set the standard for works by later generations of the Raku family, such as this tea bowl.

Physical Description
This rustic, earth tone ceramic tea bowl has a rough, natural feeling texture. Impressed into the outer sides of the tea bowl are the imprints of pine needles.

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
tea bowl

Collection Area
Asian

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Keywords
bowls (vessels)
ceramic ware (visual works)
tea (beverage)
tea bowls

1 Related Resource

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)

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