Tea Bowl

Tea Bowl

1100s-1200s

Stoneware with black "hare’s fur" glaze and metal-bound rim, Jian ware

Diameter: 17.8 cm (7 in.); Overall: 8.7 cm (3 7/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1948.206

Description

With its exceptional size, this Fujian tea bowl is rather rare. The enjoyment of Jian ware rests with the glaze
transmutation due to the iron imperfections in the glaze, which developed into reddish-brown streaks
and spots against a rich black glaze after firing. Connoisseurs called these iron formations “hare’s fur” marks, and the ware enjoyed much popularity with the tea cultures in China and Japan.

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