Bowl with Stamped Floral Decoration

Bowl with Stamped Floral Decoration

분청사기 인화무늬 사발 (粉靑沙器印花文碗)


Glazed ceramic

Overall: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. H. R. Cash, M.D. 1988.1057


Fun Fact

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


This type of wide-mouthed bowl was used every day 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, particularly in the Saga prefecture in Kyushu. A Japanese tea bowl such as 1983.158 in the CMA collection is one example possibly created by the descendants of abducted Korean potters.

See also
Korean Art
Korean Art
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