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Star Pieces of Tea Bowls from the TNM Collection

Here we introduce the finest from the collections of tea bowls in the Tokyo National Museum, which are currently on view in the ongoing special exhibition Chanoyu: Arts of the Tea Ceremony, The Essence of Japan (April 11–June 4, 2017, Heiseikan Special Exhibition Gallery), as well as in the regular exhibitions at the Honkan Japanese Gallery and the Toyokan Asian Gallery.
Which tea bowl is your favorite?

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*All works are in the Tokyo National Museum Collection.

 

<i>Bowl, Known as "Bakohan"; celadon glaze</i>, <br />Longquan ware, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Mitsui Takahiro) [Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries]
 Bowl, Known as "Bakohan"; celadon glaze,
Longquan ware, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Mitsui Takahiro) [Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries]
<i>Tea Bowl, Oido type; known as "Uraku"</i>, <br />Owned by Oda, Urakusai and Kinokuniya Bunzaemon, Joseon dynasty, 16th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon) [Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries]
 Tea Bowl, Oido type; known as "Uraku",
Owned by Oda, Urakusai and Kinokuniya Bunzaemon, Joseon dynasty, 16th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon) [Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries]
<i>Tea Bowl, Horimishima type; known as "Kimura"</i>, <br />Joseon dynasty, 16th-17th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige) [Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries]
 Tea Bowl, Horimishima type; known as "Kimura",
Joseon dynasty, 16th-17th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige) [Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries]
<i>Tea Bowl, Black glaze, Haikatsugi Type</i>, <br />Southern Song‐Yuan Dynasty, 13th‐14th century, China (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige [Honkan Room 4]
 Tea Bowl, Black glaze, Haikatsugi Type,
Southern Song‐Yuan Dynasty, 13th‐14th century, China (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige [Honkan Room 4]

 

<i>Tea Bowl, Shino type, Known as "Furisode"</i>, <br />Mino ware, Shino type, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century [Honkan Room 4]
 Tea Bowl, Shino type, Known as "Furisode",
Mino ware, Shino type, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century [Honkan Room 4]
<i>Tea BowlKnown as "Kanoko madara"</i>, <br />By Ichinyu; Raku ware, Kuroraku type, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige) [Honkan Room 13]
 Tea BowlKnown as "Kanoko madara",
By Ichinyu; Raku ware, Kuroraku type, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige) [Honkan Room 13]
<i>Tea Bowl, Known as "Iwao"</i>, <br />Karatsu ware, Hori (carved) garatsu type, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige) [Honkan Room 13]
 Tea Bowl, Known as "Iwao",
Karatsu ware, Hori (carved) garatsu type, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige) [Honkan Room 13]
<i>Tea Bowl, Katamigawari (differing in halves) glaze; known as "Miyamaji"</i>, <br />Takatori ware, Edo period, 17th century [Honkan Room 13]
 Tea Bowl, Katamigawari (differing in halves) glaze; known as "Miyamaji",
Takatori ware, Edo period, 17th century [Honkan Room 13]

 

<i>Bowl, Black glaze with "oil spots"</i>, <br />Jin dynasty, 12th-13th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke) [Toyokan Room 5]
 Bowl, Black glaze with "oil spots",
Jin dynasty, 12th-13th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke) [Toyokan Room 5]
<i>Tea Bowl with Brush Marks, Mujihakeme type; known as "Murakumo"</i>, <br />Mujihakeme type Passed down by the Matsu'ura clan, the feudal load of Hirado domain, Joseon dynasty, 16th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon) [Toyokan Room 10]
 Tea Bowl with Brush Marks, Mujihakeme type; known as "Murakumo",
Mujihakeme type Passed down by the Matsu'ura clan, the feudal load of Hirado domain, Joseon dynasty, 16th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon) [Toyokan Room 10]

 

 

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