Bowl with Brushing Decorations

Bowl with Brushing Decorations

분청사기 귀얄무늬 사발 (粉靑沙器糊箒文碗)

1400s-1500s

Clay, glaze

Gift of Mrs. Karl Martoch 1970.559

Location

Fun Fact

This type of humble tea bowl was highly praised among Japanese collectors for its imperfect beauty.

Description

This type of wide-mouthed bowls was used everyday in Korea, not exclusively for tea drinking. But when it was introduced to Japan around the early 16th century, its imperfect appearance evoking the aesthetics of wabi-sabi caused it to be repurposed as a tea bowl. Korean tea bowls were circulated as an item of foreign luxury among Japanese military elites. Many Korean potters were abducted to Japan during the Japanese invasions (1592-98) and some settled down in Japan, such as in the Saga prefecture in Kyushu.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Clay, glaze

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