Gohon (Korean-Style) Tea Bowl with Cranes

Kiyomizu Rokubei I Japanese

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The design on this vessel can be traced back to the ubiquitous cranes of Goryeo celadon, which have been filtered here through an Edo-period Japanese sensibility. Rokubei's tea bowl is, in fact, a copy of a late seventeenth century Busan-kiln product (export ware made in Korea according to Japanese specifications), and the model he reprised was itself a nod to earlier prototypes (Goryeo period celadon and fifteenth- and sixteenth-century revivalist celadon exported to Japan). The Kyoto master affirmed his place in this prestigious lineage by literally leaving his mark: his seal is stamped near the base.

Gohon (Korean-Style) Tea Bowl with Cranes, Kiyomizu Rokubei I (Japanese, 1737–1799), Stoneware with white-slip inlay, underglaze iron, and red and white slip under transparent glaze (Kyoto ware, Kiyomizu type), Japan

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