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Title

Mukozuke bowl

1621-1627

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Mukozuke bowl (with pronounced foliations to suggest a lotus in bloom)
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Tianqi 1621 - 1627 Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications