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Title

Mukozuke bowl

1621-1627


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

'Mukozuke' refers to a specific dish used in the meal served in the tea ceremony, and placed centre back on the tray in front of each guest. In the 1620s local Jingdezhen kilns began to make various utensils for the Japanese markets, and this bowl is a good example. The rim is shaped like a lotus flower with a design of lotus petals and floral spray. The Japanese have called this imported ware 'ko-sometsuke' (old blue-and-white). One of the characteristics of 'ko-sometsuke' is the series of small holes in the glaze, particularly along the rim, where the glaze has pulled away from the body during firing. Japanese tea practitioners greatly appreciate these defects, fondly calling them 'insect eaten' ('mushikui').

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.226.


Details


Other Title

Mukozuke bowl (with pronounced foliations to suggest a lotus in bloom)


Place where the work was made

China


Date

1621-1627


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain decorated with underglaze blue


Dimensions

9.4 x 10.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

245.1989



Place

Where the work was made
China

Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Tea', Sydney, 2003, 226 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, TAASA Review, 'Kosometsuke- Old Blue and White', pg. 4-6, Sydney, Dec 2014, 4 (colour Illus.).