This stunning Kyo-yaki tenmoku chawan (matcha bowl) features an iridescent yuteki tenmoku glaze, a brilliant gilded interior, and a white chrysanthemum motif. Made by Hiroshi Kitamoto III (三代 北本博).
The term 'tenmoku' can refer to two things: the shape of a bowl, i.e. conical with a finger groove and flare at the lip; and a dark high-iron glaze that can produces various beautiful effects under the right firing conditions.
Both of these originated in Jian ware from Song dynasty China, where the dark colour of the glaze was praised for the way it contrasts nicely with the froth of whisked tea. While most Tenmoku glazes are a simple black, occasionally the conditions in the kiln are just right, producing beautiful effects, such as the one seen on this bowl.
Kyo-yaki (京焼) is a type of Japanese pottery that traditionally comes from Kyoto, Japan. The pottery traditions of Kyoto date back to the 5th century and are varied in their styles.
12.8cm (5in) - width
6.9cm (2.7in) - height
300ml - capacity
Condition: Very good (uneven glaze in the base, please see photos)
This vintage item ships from Thailand
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