Ko-Imari Blue and White Porcelain Teabowl with Crane and Pine Tree Stamp Design


A Ko-Imari teabowl fired in the middle of the Edo period. It applies a technique called “Konjak Imban”, stamped with soft jelly-like materials. Cranes and pine trees are placed one after another on the bulging body with the gently inward lip.

This type of stamp design first appeared in Arita in the middle of the 17th century and spread to Hasami and other kilns. This piece is categorised as the “Kurawanka”, produced in Hasami around 1700, but it is a rare example that stands out for its good finish and neat form. Initially, this Konjak Imban type is inherited in low amounts, and teabowl-sized one like this is scarce.

There are no noticeable defects, such as hairlines, and the condition is excellent.

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