Onta Ware White Slip Teabowl


An Onta ware teabowl crafted from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji period. It features a slightly outward lip and is adorned with a white slip covered by a transparent glaze. This teabowl showcases the distinctively soft impression of white clay derived from oxidized firing juxtaposed with areas of dark brown clay left exposed, lending a harmonious balance to its overall appearance.

Originating from the Onta-Sarayama district nestled amidst the mountains of Hita City, Oita Prefecture, Onta ware emerged in the early 18th century to cater to the demand for various household wares in the region. Although initially crafted as a rice bowl, this particular piece beautifully accommodates the vibrant green hues of tea against its rich and tasteful crackled skin.

Despite its extensive daily use, it is in exceptional condition for a bowl like this. There are no noticeable defects other than minor innate kiln damages.

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