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Title

Black raku tea bowl

1997

Artist

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Kuro rakujawan
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1997
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    earthenware with black raku glaze
    Dimensions
    8.7 x 12.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed in Japanese, [stamped on clay body] "Jûsôken".
    Signed on side of box (assoc. nwa) in Japanese, ink "Hachidai Kikkô Jûsôken [Kikkô Jûsôken VIII] [with artist's seal]".

    Credit
    Gift of Rev. Muneharu Kurozumi 1999
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    160.1999
    Artist information
    Kikkō Jūsōken

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  • About

    Despite his relatively young age, Kîkkô Jusôken has been recognised by the Omotesenke and Urasenke tea schools, the two largest tea schools in Japan, as their official teabowl maker.

    The soft texture and colour of this work, characteristics of the 'black raku teabowl', are achieved through the combination of low temperature firing and sudden cooling of the work in water while it is red hot: a technique originated in the late 16th century by Chôjirô who made teabowls for the famous tea master Senno Rikyû. The asymmetric shape of this bowl reflects a later aesthetic (Chôjirô bowls are basically unassuming straight shapes), but it still retains the simplicity and quietude of the original style. Raku teabowls are an important part of the traditional tea utensils.

    Asian Art Dept, AGNSW, August 1999.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

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