This stunning tea bowl gleams with a high shine, clear glaze. The flower design on the front of the bowl is that of stylized Kiku – chrysanthemums – preening in fromt of a fence. The design was inspired by an image on a painted screen residing in the Daikakuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan.
Kiku are a symbol of longevity and rejuvenation in Japan. First introduced to Japan during the Nara period (710 – 793 AC), the chrysanthemum was later adopted as the emblem of the Japanese Imperial Family.
Kiku is a perfect symbolic motif for a tea bowl – a vessel that celebrates a tea drinking style with a long history of relevancy – and the powdered tea that is drunk from the bowl which provides refreshment and restful reflection in a busy world.
This bowl has a very graceful shape. Contributing to this is a gentle pinch in the middle of the bowl that flares the top section just a little. Overall, the tea bowl is fairly large in size and taller than it is wide. A small portion of kiku are repeated along the inside rim of the tea bowl and the backside of the bowl.
Seasonal tea bowls celebrate flowers, trees and colors of each season, and tea masters and tea teachers have a collection of these throughout the year for the appropriate occasion. Seasonal tea bowls fit into the theme for the tea ceremony that is chosen by the tea master, which, along with a simple floral arrangement and calligraphic scroll /poem, honors the arrival of the new season
For collectors looking for an autumn motif-inspired tea bowl this one fits the bill nicely.
This is a handmade item – slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese teawares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.