Jin dynasty Linfen Kiln Tenmoku Teabowl with Oil Spots


A Tenmoku teabowl fired in Linfen, Shanxi Province, during the Jin dynasty. It has steeply canted walls that rise from the small foot and culminate in the subtly constricted lip. A light haze of oil spots is generated on the surface. The jet-black rough skin and the iron-coated exposed bottom with fine clay are different from the Northern Black-glazed ware known as Henan Tenmoku and have become profounded after many years of use.

The Linfen kiln is described in the documents of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and the actual kiln site was first found in the 1970s near Longcicun, Yaodu District, Linfen City. It mainly operated from Jin to the Yuan dynasty and is said to have declined in the early Ming dynasty. In addition to Tenmoku, some potshards have been excavated, such as brown glaze, white glaze, and black paintings on white background, indicating that the kiln developed under the influence of the Cizhou ware.

There are no noticeable defects, and the condition is excellent. It fits in a box with a sticker “Jin dynasty Linfen Kiln Yuteki Tenmoku Chawan.”

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