Shino Teabowl with Bridge and House, known as “Bridge of the Gods” (Shinkyō)


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This Shino-ware tea bowl has a linear design of a bridge and a Shinto shrine. The arched bridge is drawn with two parallel lines, and its pillars are indicated by four vertical strokes. The guardrails are represented by short lines emerging from the body of the bridge. The application of rich iron oxide under the thick white glaze creates the illusion of a misty landscape. Some Shino tea bowls with similar stylized compositions came to be associated with Chapter 45, “The Divine Princess at Uji Bridge” (Hashihime), referring to a female deity protecting the Uji Bridge, enshrined in the Hashihime Shrine on the bridge’s west side. This tea bowl can also be associated with the Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka.

Shino Teabowl with Bridge and House, known as “Bridge of the Gods” (Shinkyō), Glazed stoneware with design painted in iron oxide (Mino ware, Shino type), Japan

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