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This type of deep tea bowl with its solid form was suitable for winter, while "summer" bowls were more shallow and broad. Attributed to Sonyu, a 5th generation Raku master, this handmade tea bowl covered with a mottled black glaze has a sense of tranquility that appealed to tea masters.
Edo period (1615-1868)
Inscribed on the wooden box: 黒茶碗 無印 宗入造 丁亥之歳 十五 吉左衛門 (Black tea bowl, no seal, made by Sonyu, authenticated by Kichizaemon, 15th, the year of Hinoto-I  (Kurojawan Muin Sonyū zō Hinoto-I no toshi jyūgo Kichizaemon ).
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
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