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  1. Japanese TEA BOWL - MINO


    NOTE: This is one of my most intriguing  encounter with buying Japanese Ceramics.

    I am not mad at the seller, and, neither is this a "Rant" against him/her. I did like the Tea Bowls, and, I know/understand that it is the buyer's responsibility to know what he/she is buying.

    In 2021. "It's nobody's fault but my own " is a fact of life.



    I bought this Tea Bowl and this is the description from the seller :


    Ao-Oribe Chawan of  Early Edo Period


    " Only little distorted cylinder shaped (hansutsu) tea bowl with a rounded brim,  made of light, coarse, unrefined Mino clay.

    The expertly thrown body was trimmed with a potter's knife in its lower part and around the foot ring.

    This bowl was covered with a green copper oxide glaze.

    On one side a window left unglazed and covered with a thin transparent ash glaze under which two wheels of law, two plum bosoms and a Cricket (korogi) were painted in iron oxide.


    Inside  the foot ring is a kiln mark (kamajirushi) in the shape of a V, a mark frequently found on shards excavated at the Entogawa-kiln in Mino, active during the first quarter of the 17th century.
    The bowl is well balanced. "


    True (?), or just advertising , I did like the design and was willing to pay/bid on the Tea Bowl.


    The two ( half wheels ) Cartwheels partially submerged in water/stream, was called " Katawa-guruma " ( Wheels in Stream ? )


    The "V" in the foot ( Kodai ), might be a Merchant's mark.

    From the book, " SHINO AND ORIBE CERAMICS " by Ryoichi Fujioka :

    " Until the Meiji Period, these signs were considered to be the production marks of either the potter or the Kiln, and, in fact this long remained the popular view. "


    Remember the Shimbei "T" ? 

    This is another interesting topic to be discussed later..

    Oribe 650 m.jpg

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