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Karatsu Ware Bowl (Mukôzuke)

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Karatsu Ware Bowl (Mukôzuke)


Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
17th century - 19th century

Medium & Support
stoneware with underglaze iron painting

3 1/2 in. x 3 1/4 in. x 3 1/4 in. ( 8.9 cm x 8.3 cm x 8.3 cm )

Credit Line
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

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Karatsu is one of the many kilns in western Japan that was established by Korean potters in the sixteenth century. To this day, the products of these kilns exhibit a distinctively different aesthetic from those of central Japan. This bowl reflects its Korean ancestry in the simple underglaze design and the transparent yellow-green glaze, reminiscent of continental celadons.
Mukôzuke is the name for a deep bowl used in the many-course banquet that is part of the full tea ceremony.
Exhibited in "Japanese Costumes & Ceramics, Past & Present," October 2001 February 2002. Maribeth Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art

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