An image of Mukozuke bowl

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Mukozuke bowl

Other titles:
Mukozuke bowl (with pronounced foliations to suggest a lotus in bloom)
Location
Not on display
Further information

'Mukozuke' refers to a specific dish used in the meal served in the tea ceremony, and placed centre back on the tray in front of each guest. In the 1620s local Jingdezhen kilns began to make various utensils for the Japanese markets, and this bowl is a good example. The rim is shaped like a lotus flower with a design of lotus petals and floral spray. The Japanese have called this imported ware 'ko-sometsuke' (old blue-and-white). One of the characteristics of 'ko-sometsuke' is the series of small holes in the glaze, particularly along the rim, where the glaze has pulled away from the body during firing. Japanese tea practitioners greatly appreciate these defects, fondly calling them 'insect eaten' ('mushikui').

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.226.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Ming dynasty 1368–1644, Tianqi 1621–1627
Year
1621-1627
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain decorated with underglaze blue
Dimensions
9.4 x 10.0 cm
Credit
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1989
Accession number
245.1989