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From Audacity to Harmony: Tea Bowls of the 17th Century

"From Audacity to Harmony: Tea Bowls of the 17th Century"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 14  October 6, 2020 (Tue) - November 29, 2020 (Sun)

  
Water Jar with Peonies, Stoneware with overglaze enamel By Ninsei, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)

This thematic exhibition introduces tea bowls from the 17th century; the beginning of the Edo period (1603–1868). After the Azuchi-Momoyama (1567–1603) period, a time of experimental potters whose bowls have been described as audacious, the tea ceremony spread to various layers of society including the samurai, the imperial family and townspeople, who mutually influenced one another and further developed the tea ceremony in the Edo period. The appearance of ceramics in this new era embodies the tastes of these new practitioners and can be called harmonious.

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Major Work(s) on Exhibit 9 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Tea Bowl By Dōnyū (1599—1656) Edo period, 17th century Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige G-5338
Tea Bowl, Named "Kanoko" Madara (Fawn Speckles) By Ichinyū (1640–96); Raku ware, black-Raku type Edo period, 17th century Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige G-5340
Tea Caddy with Lugs, Known as “Odaimyo” Seto ware Edo period, 17th century Gift of Mrs. Shiobara Chiyo G-5786
Tea Bowl, Named "Sawarabi" Totoya type, Korea Joseon dynasty, 16th–17th century Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige TG-2713
Highlight Tea Bowl, Kyogenbakama type; known as “Naniwazutsu” Korea, Purportedly owned by Sen no Rikyu; formerly owned by the Konoike family Joseon dynasty, 17th century TG-2969
Gosu-Akae Bowl with Flowering Plants Zhangzhou ware, China Ming dynasty, 17th century Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige TG-2550
Highlight Container for Thick Tea in the Shape of a Pail with Lotuses and Herons Jingdezhen ware, Nankin-akae type, China, Passed down by the Kōnoike family Ming-Qing dynasty, 17th century Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige TG-2601
Highlight Important Cultural Property History of the Tea Bowl Bakohan By Ito Togai (1670-1736) Edo period, dated 1727 (Kyoho 12) Gift of Mr. Mitsui Takahiro TG-2354-2
Highlight Important Cultural Property Water Jar with Peonies, Stoneware with overglaze enamel By Ninsei Edo period, 17th century G-303