Cover for Swatow ware bowl - ROM2005_1595_22


Cover for Swatow ware bowl

Medium:Lacquered wood
Geography: Bowl made in Pinghe Xian, Fujian province, China; cover made in Japan
Date: 19th century AD?
Period: Edo-Meiji periods
Object number: 991.
Credit Line: The Yamagami Sōju (Akio, 1873-1957) Collection: Gift of Mrs. Yamagami and the Umezawa Family. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestė par la Commission canadienne d’examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l’exportation et l’importation de biens culturels.
Not on view
DescriptionThis Chinese bowl was not originally made as a utensil to be used in Japanese tea ceremony. But its unpretentiousness and roughness in the shape and decoration attracted wabi tea practioners, and was transformed into a tfresh water jar with the lacquered lid being added. This practice of transforming something else into tea utensils is common and regarded as a form of creativity. It is called "mitate," or a technique to see one thing not in the originally intended form but as another thing, and widely seen in Japanese literature, poetry, theatre, and visual arts.
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