Aug 29, 2012
Aug 29, 2012

Tea Bowl

Tea Bowl


Stoneware with black "hare’s fur" glaze and metal-bound rim, Jian ware

Diameter: 17.8 cm (7 in.); Overall: 8.7 cm (3 7/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1948.206


With its exceptional size, this Fujian tea bowl is rather rare. The enjoyment of Jian ware rests with the glaze transmutation due to the iron imperfections in the glaze, which developed into reddish-brown streaks and spots against a rich black glaze after firing. Connoisseurs called these iron formations “hare’s fur” marks, and the ware enjoyed much popularity with the tea cultures in China and Japan.


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