Swatow ware bowl with Japanese lacquered wood cover - ROM2005_1595_22


Swatow ware bowl with Japanese lacquered wood cover

Maker: Fujian Pinghe ware
Medium:Wheel-thrown porcelain with glaze and enamel paints
Geography: Bowl made in Pinghe Xian, Fujian province, China; cover made in Japan
Date: late 16th-early 17th century AD
Period: Ming Dynasty
11.2 x 24.2 cm
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.
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DescriptionThis Chinese bowl was not originally made as a utensil to be used in Japanese tea ceremony.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 fresh 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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