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Kuro Raku Chōjiro Shunkan

Kuro Raku Chōjiro Shunkan

Black matcha tea bowl by Shōraku

Origin: Kyoto, Japan

Material: clay

Dimensions: Φ 11.5 cm, H: 8 cm

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Made by Shoraku Sasaki III
Deliver with a signed wooden box by the master.

It is said that this Raku-chawan “Shunkan” is one of the few bowls named by Sen no Rikyu himself because there remains the paper with the signature “Shunkan” written by Rikyu with India ink in the center of the box for “Shunkan.”

Legend has it that a disciple in Kyushu (Satsuma) prefecture asked Rikyu for some bowls produced by Chojiro, and Rikyu sent him three bowls. But he sent back two of them and requested Rikyu to write a signature to the bowl he kept. Then Rikyu conceived the name of Shunkan who was a Buddhist priest. (1143-1179) Shunkan joined a group as a member of conspiracy against Heike family during Heian era (794-1185), but their plan of conspiracy was exposed and Shunkan was exiled to Kikaiga-shima island with Naritsune Fujiwara (a court noble at the end of Heian era) and Yasuyori Taira (samurai in Heian era.) Ultimately Naritsune and Yasuyori went back to Kyoto after being forgived and only Shunkan left alone in Kikaiga-shima island. He passed away as grieving. The name of Raku-Chawan “Shunkan” comes from this historical event.

This tea bowl “Shunkan” is formed by totally being shaved. The rim of a tea bowl called “Kuchizukuri” is a little wavy. There is a shallow dent called “Chadamari”at the center of the tea bowl The material of glazing covering the surface of Kuroraku is powdered Kamogawa-seki (black pebbles) which are collected in the upper part of Kamogawa river. The glazing melt easily on the surface of a tea bowl in a kiln and makes it smooth. Shunkan looks like heavy as well as other Raku Chawan due to its color and thickness, but it is very light when holding it up. “Shunkan” is a tea bowl which has various aspects and is a masterpiece among this type of Raku Chawan produced by Chojiro.

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