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Tea bowl ("Fuji")

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Tea bowl ("Fuji")


Ryonyu (Raku IX)

Japanese, 1756 - 1834

The family lineage of a tea bowl maker called Raku originated in the late 16th century. A special pottery created primarily in black or red colors, Raku ware is formed by hand and fired at a low temperature. The unglazed section on this bowl resembles the shape of Mount Fuji, as the artist's title suggests.
Stoneware with black and clear glazes
3 5/8 x 4 in. (9.2 x 10.2 cm)
Gift of the Arvidson family in honor of the Honde family
Provenance: Purchased by R. Regner Arvidson (donor) at an antique shop in Kyoto, ca. 1956
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Gentleman Warrior: Art of the Samurai, Mar. 16 - Dec. 1, 2019.

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