Teabowl with “Hare’s-Fur” Glaze
Edo period (1615–1868)
Stoneware with iron-oxide glaze (Seto ware)
Diam. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
First opened in the twelfth century as part of the expansion of the Japanese ceramic industry, the kilns at Seto, which were among the first to use glazes, often made bowls for the tea ceremony. The glaze on this piece, which resembles a rabbit’s fur, was introduced by Buddhist monks who brought ceramics with this glaze home to Japan; there, it is known as temmoku, after the Japanese reading of Mount Tianmu, an important Buddhist center in China.
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