'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.
Mukozuke bowl (with pronounced foliations to suggest a lotus in bloom)
Place where the work was made
porcelain decorated with underglaze blue
9.4 x 10.0 cm
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1989
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 2 publications
Jackie Menzies, TAASA Review, 'Kosometsuke- Old Blue and White', pg. 4-6, Sydney, Dec 2014, 4 (colour Illus.).
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Tea', Sydney, 2003, 226 (colour illus.).