This senchawan (small teacup, ideal for sencha) is glazed with a beautiful yuteki tenmoku glaze.
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 produce various beautiful effects under the right firing conditions. Both of these originated in Jian ware from Fujian during the Song dynasty (960-1279) in 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 glaze recipe and the conditions in the kiln are just right, causing the ash in the glaze to separate from the iron in a way that produces beautiful metallic effects, such as the one seen on this cup, called 'yuteki', meaning 'oil-spot'.
This teacup was made by 如泉 kiln.
8.8cm (3.5in) - width
4cm (1.6in) - height
90ml - capacity
Condition: Very good
This vintage item ships from Thailand
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