Clog-shaped Teabowl

Clog-shaped Teabowl

黒織部沓形茶碗

early 1600s

Glazed stoneware, Mino ware, black Oribe type

Overall: 8 x 14.2 x 11.5 cm (3 1/8 x 5 9/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2020.214

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Oribe is a government position. It means the person in charge of textiles.

Description

Tea gatherings are fundamental to Japanese culture. Teabowls like this one are the most important objects used in tea practice. Its oblong shape and bold abstract designs are the signature style of the time period in which it was produced. That style is called Oribe, named for the tea master who championed the aesthetic.

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