Japanese Tea Set - Beige Hagi-yaki Do-ake Kyusu Teapot and 6 Yunomi Teacups in Wooden Box

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This Hagi-yaki tea set consists of a kyusu (teapot) and six yunomi (teacups). The pieces are glazed in a beautiful crazed warm beige. The kyusu has an open houhin-style spout and a simple ceramic do-ake filter, typical of Hagi-ware, that adds no metallic taste to the tea. This set comes with its original paulownia box (kiribako).

Hagi-yaki (萩焼) is a type of Japanese pottery that comes from the town of Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan and dates back over 400 years. Some of the oldest Hagi-yaki pieces have been declared National Treasures of Japan. The natural warm hues of its clay, along with the simple lines of its forms are highly valued within the traditional aesthetics of many tea ceremony schools.

Hagi ware is said to improve with age as the tannins in the tea slowly stain the fine cracks in the glaze (called crazing or kan-nyuu), creating a rich texture known as 'nanabake', or 'the 7 transformations'. Because of this slightly porous nature, some people like to dedicate their Hagi ware to one type of tea, such as sencha, to avoid having other aromas seep into the clay.

Dimensions:

Teapot:
16cm (6.3in) - width
9cm (3.5in) - height
400ml - capacity

Teacups:
7.7cm (3in) - width
6cm (2.4in) - height
100ml - capacity

Condition: Like new

This vintage item ships from Thailand

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