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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.

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Tea Bowl, By Dōnyū, Edo period, 17th century
Tea Bowl, Kyogenbakama type; known as “Naniwazutsu”, Purportedly owned by Sen no Rikyu; formerly owned by the Konoike family, Joseon dynasty, 17th century
Container for Thick Tea in the Shape of a Pail with Lotuses and Herons, Jingdezhen ware, Nankin-akae type, ChinaPassed down by the Kōnoike family, Ming-Qing dynasty, 17th centuryy
History of the Tea Bowl Bakohan, By Ito Togai, Edo period, dated 1727 (Kyoho 12), (Important Cultural Property)
Water Jar with Peonies, Stoneware with overglaze enamel, By Ninsei, Edo period, 17th century, (Important Cultural Property)