Miscellaneous Pottery – WARAKU: Ara-raku chawan with seal and in a signed wooden box.

Height: 7.4 cm (2.9 inches)      Diameter: 11.4 cm (4.5 inches)

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The Waraku kiln is to be found in Kyoto, which is the birthplace of Raku wares for use in the Tea Ceremony, with the kiln itself has been producing chawan for almost 200 years. The current bearer of the Waraku name is Kawasaki Kizou, who was born in 1936 and is the seventh generation of Raku potters. This teabowl has the characteristic “Gozan” lip that is almost exclusively found on Raku chawan. This refers to the five peaks on the lip, which are said to represent the five principal Zen temples of Kyoto.

The bowl is signed and appears to 30 or more years old. It is in perfect condition and comes with a signed box. It doesn’t show any signs of use, although the foot is a little dirty and the box has a faint water stain.