(Please note:Because this item is usually made-to-order, it may possibly take approximately 3 weeks from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Kyoto, Japan. Once ordered, any order change or cancellation cannot be accepted. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)
diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.14inch (8cm), standard matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zenshoh Yamaoka at Zenshoh Kiln
RINPA is one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting, which flourished in the 17th century in Kyoto. "RIN" means the beautiful beads, and "PA" means school, so all works in RINPA are focusing on colorful and elegant expression. RINPA is also known as one of the arts which express more unique Japanese sensitivity in Japanese modern art.
We, Hibiki-an have collaborated with Zenshoh Yamaoka, who is the leading expert of paintings derived from masterpieces in the middle ages and acclaimed Kyo Yaki artisan, to release a series of Matcha bowls featuring RINPA paintings. Zenshoh Yamaoka chose JUNIKAGETSU KACHOU ZU, which is composed of twelve hanging scrolls. Each painting is well decorated by his unique sense.
Houitsu Sakai (1761 - 1828), who was part of the third generation of RINPA, indurated RINPA in the Edo period. He is well known for his realistic description of birds, grasses and flowers, which he paints lively and elegantly. One of his most famous works is JUNIKAGETSU KACHOU ZU, "Flowers and Birds of the Twelve Months" in English. He painted twelve scenes of nature which are suitable for each month of the year in each hanging scroll, when he was 62 years old. Well-balanced layout and clear coloring pattern attract our attention. It is often said that this scroll is the most valuable among all paintings of flowers and birds in the Middle Ages in Japan, because it truly creates an immersive visual experience for the viewer.
(RINPA Matcha Bowls + Cups page)
KAKI means persimmon fruit. Zenshoh Yamaoka faithfully illustrates the painting of the persimmon tree, which is one of the famous paintings of JUNIKAGETSU KACHOU ZU. The powerful persimmon tree’s trunk is full of vitality.
Japanese white-eye birds, known as MEJIRO, are gathered and settled on the branch, evoking a lively atmosphere. The change in ambient temperature and feeling of seasonal change from the end of summer to early winter in Japan is well depicted.
This painting expresses not only the melancholic scenery of autumn but also the change of the seasons from summer to autumn and then to early winter, through the use of color. Plump shaped persimmons are brightly painted. Some persimmons turn orange as they ripen, while others are light green in color. This description tells us that autumn is around the corner. The thick trunk of the persimmon tree also evokes the strength of nature. Light colored MEJIRO white-eye birds settle on the branch together, creating a scene full of joy and life.
Persimmon leaves are also one of the focal points on this bowl. The green color of the leaves is fading and the leaves themselves are becoming withered, indicating that the fresh green season of summer has ended, and now the season is heading toward winter. The change of the seasons is elaborately and well expressed through the use of color.
One of the key RINPA techniques, called TARASHIKOMI is used on the trunk and branches. TARASHIKOMI is when colors are dripped into not-fully dried ink. Coincidental effect of blur makes unique and unforeseeable coloring. Different from folding screens and hanging scrolls, it is very difficult to use this technique on a ceramic bowl, but its faithful reproduction of Houitsu’s work expresses the realistic image of a persimmon tree. Technically painted trunk and branches with the use of golden and green colors have a texture close to the appearance of a genuine persimmon tree.
The use of golden color has a deep effect. Clouds are frequently used in Japanese traditional painting to separate and define space and time. The use of golden clouds makes this Matcha bowl bright and luxurious. The persimmon tree trunk and the veins of its leaves are decorated with golden color. Golden color is abundantly used; it is not too ostentatious, but naturally, elegantly and gracefully painted.
The scene of autumn in Japan is faithfully illustrated on this bowl, and the various colors convey the change of the seasons from summer to autumn and then to early winter. The passage of time depicted on this bowl will certainly enrich your green moment.