Karatsu Ware Kawakujira Type Flat Cup


A Karatsu ware sake cup fired in the early Edo period. In this cup, the weight peculiar to Ko-Karatsu fits in the hand, and the deep forme shows the rich landscape.The cray quality is similar to that of Ichinose-Koraijin kiln, but it is unclear exactly which kiln was made.

The design of iron glaze on the rim is called “Kawakujira (skin of whale)” , because the contrast of the glaze color resembled the epidermis of the whale and the fat layer under it. It was supposed to be originally to reinforce the rim, but it is inferred that the tea masters began to call it to associate with the whaling culture of Karatsu port. The black border which aparts the inside and the outside seems to represent the tea room itself, which is separated from everyday life.There are no notable defects other than one hairline.

Most of the Kawakujira types were excavated pieces which have crack, chip, and repair, so those in such good condition are quite rare.

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