Gift of Mrs. Karl Martoch 1970.559
This type of humble tea bowl was highly praised among Japanese collectors for its imperfect beauty.
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.
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