TANYU SHIKI MATSU ZU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

This is limited edition only available in spring and summer season.

(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

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 Matcha bowl featuring a painting by Tanyu KANO (1602 - 1674). Zenshoh Yamaoka chose SHIKI MATSU ZU which is designated as Important Cultural Property in Japan. The features and touches are well described by his unique sense.

It is said that Tanyu KANO was the great ancestor who revived the KANO school. The KANO school was the largest school and played the most significant role in Japanese painting history. The KANO school flourished for about 400 years from the 15th century to 19th century, and was always at the center of the Japanese art world. The KANO school connected with the powers of each age and extensively engaged from paintings of FUSUMA sliding doors and murals called SHOHEKIGA at courts, castles and temples, to paintings on small objects like SENSU folding fans.

This Matcha Bowl will certainly please the viewer with the features of the KANO school, vivid and dynamic composition, exquisite and delicate brushwork and use of color, efficient white space, and so on. (for more info; KANO School)

SHIKI MATSU ZU means the painting of four seasons of the MATSU pine tree in Japanese. Four young to old MATSU Japanese pines and four seasons' atmosphere are delicately and faithfully painted. Though this is a complex and heavy composition using gold flakes, cut gold flakes, and gold powder, this is finished refreshingly by exposing the aqueous stream at the center of the BYOHBU folding screen. This is the showpiece which was at the forefront of a new style of landscape painting.

This composition depicts a MATSU pine tree growing old as the seasons change. The young spring tree growing straight and tall and the fine summer pine which has a curved trunk is drawn on one side of the BYOHBU folding screen. On the other side, it depicts an autumn MATSU covered in ivy with red leaves, and the old winter tree is covered by snow. Some academic experts say this work represents a person's life. Nothing is permanent and all worldly things are transitory. This SHIKI MATSU ZU reflects the Japanese aesthetic WABI SABI.

It is quite daunting work to draw such a delicate picture and faithfully reproduce the original on the Matcha bowl. However, Zenshoh Yamaoka achieved it brilliantly by his extraordinary brush strokes.

The use of golden color on the gentle white surface has a deep effect. This Matcha bowl is coated with pigment containing real gold over the outside surface. Since the original SHIKI MATSU ZU was drawn on a gold folding screen, Zenshoh truly depicts the original work by using golden color, which recalls features of the KANO school at this age faithfully. The rim framed in gold also makes this Matcha bowl bright and luxurious. It is not too ostentatious, but naturally, elegantly and gracefully painted.

The foot of this Matcha bowl is carefully and painstakingly scraped away, which is proof of the highest grade Matcha bowl. And the technique called TSUCHIMISE, which means "show the clay" in Japanese, is used for the bottom of this bowl. The base is unglazed, and therefore we can enjoy the texture and color of the clay itself. Its texture is quite simple and subtle, in contrast to the gorgeous and sophisticated appearance found elsewhere on this work.

You will be impressed by the high degree of perfection and feel the Japanese aesthetic of WABI SABI. This SHIKI MATSU ZU bowl reached the status of high art. It is a true luxury to drink Matcha from this bowl. Your time spent with this bowl will be pure delight.

Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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Zenshoh Yamaoka

Zenshoh Yamaoka was born in 1942. He worked under Zenjiroh Ueyama for 10 years, and then opened his own Zenshoh kiln in 1969.
His paintings derived from masterpieces in the middle ages are excellent. It is said his precise drawing techniques are in a class of their own. Indeed, he was officially designated as a traditional craftsman by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2002. His sophisticated, exquisite, elegant, and advanced drawing techniques receive high acclaim in the Kyo Yaki pottery industry.


- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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