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Raku Style Red Tea Bowl with 'Raku' Seal

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Raku Style Red Tea Bowl with 'Raku' Seal


Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
19th century

Medium & Support
earthenware with rose-colored glaze

3 3/16 in. x 5 3/8 in. x 5 5/16 in. ( 8.1 cm x 13.6 cm x 13.5 cm )

Credit Line
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design

Label copy
Since the late sixteenth century, red has competed with black as a favored color for teabowls. Red bowls come in an astonishingly wide range of colors, from a rusty orange to a pale pink. They are made with a clear glaze over red slip (thin, watery clay). Although this bowl bears a seal reading "raku," here it probably indicates the style rather than the maker of the bowl. Similarities to pottery made in western Japan suggest that this bowl may come from a workshop in the Hagi or Karatsu area. The bowl demonstrates the wide appeal of the Raku technique to tea practitioners of late Edo-period Japan.
Exhibited in "Japanese Costumes & Ceramics, Past & Present," October 2001-February 2002. Maribeth Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art

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Primary Object Type
tea bowl

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