Karatsu Kawakujira Tea Bowl

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Karatsu Kawakujira Tea Bowl

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Masterpiece of the tea ceremony” 

  • Height 2.5”, width 6”

  • Original box with maker’s mark

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About the work

Early 20th century Karatsu Kawakujira tea bowl with original box bearing the maker’s mark of Shunzan. Kawakujira is the name used for Karatsu ware with black iron decoration on the lip said to resemble whale’s (kujira) skin. The character and charm of Karatsu ware comes from its simplicity, sturdiness, and wabi (tranquility).  

The development of Karatsu has a very long history, dating back to the 16th century when a variety of new pottery making techniques were introduced to Japan from the Korean Peninsula, including use of the potters wheel. 

In the old days, pottery fired in Hizen (now Saga and Nagasaki Prefectures) was shipped all over Japan from the port of Karatsu. The town’s name translates as “port to China,” a reference to the days when ships sailed to Karatsu bringing ceramic wares from China.

Karatsu ware is widely known as the masterpiece of the tea ceremony, and was designated a traditional craft in Japan in 1988.

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