Southern Song Dynasty Celadon Teabowl, Named “Sanmai”

¥70,000 JPY

A celadon teabowl crafted during the Southern Song dynasty. A flower pattern is intricately incised with single-edged carving and comb techniques, while multiple combing patterns adorn the exterior. The glaze, tinged with a subtle yellow hue, complements the high-fired greyish-white clay, resulting in a visually striking and durable piece.

Notably, this type of crude celadon teabowl was produced in various regions of Fujian Province, with examples imported to Japan originating primarily from kilns in Putian and Fuqing, near the Minjiang River in northern Fujian. Referred to as “Juko-seiji (celadon)” due to a legendary association with Murata Juko, the revered founder of the Japanese tea ceremony, historical records suggest that the original Juko Celadon may have originated from a different source. This particular teabowl, named ‘Sanmai’, meaning Samadhi, holds a special significance, as the glaze colour deepens over time, imbued with the essence of its rich heritage.

While displaying minor imperfections such as kiln scratches, grits, and a blister on the exterior, as well as minor chips on the base, this teabowl remains in commendable condition. It is housed within a box bearing an inscription.

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