Tenmoku Tea Bowl with Hare’s-Fur Glaze


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 228

With its petal-shaped rim and an openwork base, this tray represents the high esteem in which medieval Japanese consumers held works of art imported from China, known as karamono. Precious objects from the Song and Yuan periods (960–1368), including lacquerware and ceramics, came to Japan with the introduction of new Buddhist schools and teachings, especially Zen in the 1200s. Negoro ware trays, inspired by Chinese examples, were made by Japanese craftsmen beginning about the mid-thirteenth century.Trays with a high foot were typically used with tenmoku bowls for tea service.

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Tenmoku Tea Bowl with Hare’s-Fur Glaze, Stoneware with copper-oxide glaze (Jian ware), China

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