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Bowl with White-slip Decorations

Bowl with White-slip Decorations

Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This type of rustic tea bowl was highly appreciated among advanced Japanese practitioners of the tea ceremony.


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 a item of foreign luxury among Japanese military elites. It's highly possibly this type of bowl was produced in one of the kilns operated by the trading office Busan in Southern Gyeongsang province, and exported to Japan.
  • ?–1987
    Mary Pendell and Esther Berger, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Jeong, Dong-ju. Joseon maksabal gwa ido dawan [조선 막사발과 이도다완]. Gyeonggi, Paju: Hangil ateu, 2012.
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    Heo, Hyun-Jung. "Resource Supply and Demand of Waegwanyo in the Late Joseon Dynasty [조선후기 왜관요의 자원 수급]." Hangdo busan no. 39 (2020): 205-239.
    Kang, Mu-Chang. "A Study on the Characteristics of Japanese Made-to-Order Ceramics and the Transition Process of Busan Waegwanyo Kiln - With a focus on Commissioned Tea Bowls [일본 주문 도자기의 특징과 부산 왜관요 변천과정에 관한 연구 - 주문다완(御本茶碗)을 중심으로]." Hankuk dojahak yeongu 17, no. 3 (2020): 5-19.
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