Ming Dynasty Cizhou-type Ware Black Glazed Teabowl with Studs Decoration | China, 16-17C


A black-glazed teabowl fired in a Cizhou-type ware kiln during the Ming-Qing dynasty. This teabowl shape is called “Badarai-chawan” (Horse tub teabowl) in Japan. The smooth texture of the yellowish-brown clay is characteristic of the west of Shanxi province.

The four studs-like decorations on the wall are often used for brush washing jars and flower tubs in Jun ware at that time. The original use may have been a brush washing jar, but the low and distorted shape like a horsetub shows a tea taste.

The pale kiln alterlation occurred on the surface of the black glaze is beautiful. Except for kiln scratches, the condition is extremely good.

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