Black Seto (Seto-guro) Tea Bowl, named Iron Mallet (Tettsui)


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Some of the finest tea wares of the Momoyama period, including Black Seto, were produced in the Mino kilns in Gifu Prefecture. Sen no Rikyū (1522–1591), the influential arbiter of the aesthetics of tea, preferred “imperfect,” spontaneously potted domestic ceramics and used them as the basis of the simple and austere wabi style.

Black Seto (Seto-guro) Tea Bowl, named Iron Mallet (Tettsui), Stoneware with black glaze (Mino ware, Black Seto type), Japan

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