Karatsu Ware Muji-Karatsu Style Teabowl


A Kogaratsu teabowl fired in the early Edo period, believed to have been produced in one of the kilns in northern Takeo. The glaze is a dark greenish-brown color, and the base is characterised by distinctive wrinkles (chirimen-jiwa). The rim is slightly everted, and there is a circular dent design (kagami-ochi) at the well.

The kilns in this area were established by potters from the Gimhae region of South Gyeongsang Province, who came to Japan after the Keicho War. The craftsmanship of both regions shares many similarities, and similar shapes can be seen in Gimhae type coarse white porcelain bowls. The Kintsugi restoration, with Seigaiha wave patterns applied to kiln damage, accentuates the bowl’s simple and quiet appearance.

This well-used, excavated heirloom piece has no noticeable defects other than the Kintsugi restoration on the interior and exterior and minor chips on the base. It comes in an old box.

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