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diameter: 4.52inch (11.5cm) height: 3.15inch (8cm) weight: 12.7oz (360g)
Made by Shohraku Sasaki at Shohraku Kiln.
Shohraku Kiln, opened in 1903, is one of the most traditional Raku Yaki Kilns in Kyoto. Shohraku Sasaki is the third generation of family artisans at the kiln.
This MUICHIMOTAU matcha bowl is created after the original by Chohjiroh Raku (circa 1500 to 1589), the father of Raku Yaki, who began to create Raku Yaki under the supervision of Rikyu Sen who indurated Teaism. (For more information, pleae click here.)
It is said that MUICHIMOTSU is the work most representative of Aka Raku (Red Raku).
High quality duplication traditionally has been admired for established Japanese ceramics since creating high quality duplication requires extremely skilled and broad-based techniques in all aspects of creation, and often compels the artisan to meticulously recreate an atmosphere which often was created on accident by the original artisan. Only a few artisans can duplicate historical treasured arts of Raku Yaki.
The art of Chohjiroh Raku clears away all embellishment and hyperbole in the pursuit of true beauty. This style of simple formative design was inspired by Zen spiritual culture pursued by Rikyu Sen who indurated Teaism. The form of this MUICHIMOTSU is typical of Rikyu's preferred style. MUICHIMOTSU is true beauty without embellishment and hyperbole.
The rim of this piece is thin and slightly banked. The middle and lower sides are deliberately and boldly whittled away and taken up. It is said that the place of most interest is the curve from the lower side to the bottom. The curved surface is the pinnacle of beauty without embellishment and hyperbole. Regarding the original MUICHIMOTSU, the several streams of glaze from the lower side to the bottom were accidentally created. These "happy accidents" often occur in Raku Yaki and produce beautiful results, but are nearly impossible to perfectly re-create, which is one reason why this matcha bowl requires such skill from the artisan.
The name MUICHIMOTSU means "having nothing" in Japanese. In other words it means "the deliverance from earthly bondage" which is an aspiration of Zen Buddhism. The name clearly expresses why the style of the original matcha bowl was so well-loved by the founder of teaism, Rikyu Sen.
Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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