Tea bowl

ARTIST / MAKER: Unknown
DATE: 17th century (made)
PLACE: Japan (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Stoneware with white glaze
COLLECTION NUMBER: 820

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.