This beautiful Ido chawan (matcha bowl) is made in the O-ido (大井戸 - large Ido) style, and as such has a roughly conical shape and a tall bamboo node-shaped foot (竹の節高台 - takenofushi koudai). Like most great Ido chawan, this bowl has a subtle spiraled shape with gentle rokurome (ろくろ目 - potters' wheel marks) which shows the flow of the potter's fingers as they shaped the piece on the wheel, and also exhibits beautiful crazing (貫入 - kannyuu) and glaze crawling called 'kairagi' (かいらぎ/梅花皮 - plum flower texture) on and around its foot. This unique glaze texture is highly praised among Ido chawan collectors. This bowl also shares some characteristics of Ao-ido bowls, with its straighter walls and the blue-grey tinge to parts of its beige glaze.
Ships with original Tomobako (wooden paulownia box).
Ido chawan (井戸茶碗 - well tea bowl) is the name given to a certain type of Joseon-era Korean bowls and pieces made in their likeness. The original 16th century Korean bowls were first made as humble rice and food bowls for peasants, but when they made their way to Japan, their simple ash glazes and subtly uneven shapes drew the eye of tea masters, making them one of the most coveted styles of matcha bowl, as Japanese tastes moved away from the perfection and ostentation of Chinese celadon and Tenmoku bowls, to a more rustic and modest aesthetic, called wabi.
The original Korean Ido chawan can be roughly sorted into three main shapes: 大井戸/O-ido (large Ido), 小井戸/Ko-ido (small Ido), and 青井戸/Ao-ido (blue Ido). O-ido bowls, like the legendary Kizaemon Ido, are large with a tall bamboo node-shaped foot (竹の節高台 - takenofushi koudai), a warm beige biwa/loquat coloured glaze, with slightly curved but roughly conical-shaped walls. Ko-ido bowls are similar, but smaller with a less pronounced foot. Ao-ido bowls also have shorter feet and have much straighter, conical walls without the gentle curve seen in O-ido bowls. The 'blue' in their name may come from the colder glaze colour that many of these bowls have.
14.1cm (5.6in) - width
8cm (3.1in) - height
350ml - capacity
Condition: Very good (slight wobble in the base, which is normal for ido chawan)
This vintage Japanese item ships from Thailand
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