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Tea Bowl, 'ido chawan' type

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Tea Bowl, 'ido chawan' type


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
16th century

Medium & Support

2 15/16 x 6 3/16 x 6 3/16 in. (7.4 x 15.7 x 15.7 cm)

Credit Line
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

Physical Description
This porcelain bowl was produced at a regional kiln in the regions of Gimhae-si, Jinhae-si, Jinju-si, Sacheon-si, and Gonmyeong-myeon in southwestern region of Gyeongsangnamdo in the 16th century, Joseon. Such bowls were known to the Japanese as “ido (井戶)” tea bowls and treated as luxury items. Though this bowl was intended to be made as a white porcelain bowl, the numerous impurities stuck to its surface tinged the surface with brown. Refractory spur marks remain on the inner base and the foot. There is a large number of pinholes on the foot and lower part of the wall, and impurities stuck inside the pinholes appear like dotted decoration. There are traces of glaze running, some of which were caused by melting and flowing down. Although this was previously classified as a Japanese artifact, it is thought to have been produced in Korea and later used in Japan as a tea bowl. Therefore, the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation newly added this bowl as a Korean object after a careful examination.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.161]

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
tea bowl

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bowls (vessels)
ceramic (material)
porcelain (visual works)
stoneware (pottery)

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