Black tea bowl

Tsujimura Shirō Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202

Tsujimura’s Oribe-type tea bowls are contemporary interpretations of the Momoyama-period (1573–1615) examples. This piece was thrown on the wheel, with the artist shaping the clay by hand to create an irregular form suited for the enjoyment of green matcha tea. Tsujimura had trained to be an oil painter but, inspired by a Korean-style Ido tea bowl, became attracted to pottery instead and started making ceramics while studying Zen Buddhism.

Black tea bowl, Tsujimura Shirō (Japanese, born 1947), Stoneware with iron glaze (Mino ware, Black Oribe type), Japan

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