Tea bowl

DATE: 17th century (made)
PLACE: Japan (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Stoneware with white glaze

During the 16th century, tea masters in Japan perfected the meticulous ceremony of preparing and serving tea known as Chanoyu. Strongly influenced by Buddhist thought, tea drinking was a means to mindfulness and enlightenment, and the intimate setting of the tea room was a space within which participants could temporarily withdraw from the outside world. Each tea utensil played an important role, and tea bowls were often named by their creators, owners or by a tea master. This bowl was made in Japan in the mid-17th century. Its name, ‘Akebono’, means dawn, and was at one time owned by Mujin Sosa (1901-1979), the 13th master of the Omote Senke School of Tea.