The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Antique Chinese Tea Jar from Japanese Chatsubo Collection


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre 1700: Item # 1428438

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Four hand made lugs circle the neck of this squat tea jar (Cha Tsubo) covered in an opaque, dark-tea-colored glaze dating likely from the Sung-Yuan (Southern Song to Yuan Dynasty; Kamakura to Muromachi in Japan). A large dimple mars one side, accentuating the ideal of imperfection and asymmetry. There are no straight lines in nature. Retaining the antique bung originally wrapped in now dilapidated cloth. It is 22 cm (8-3/4 inches) diameter, roughly the same height and in fine condition.
Eight hundred years ago, tea was rare in Japan. It arrived from China in simple, ceramic storage jars. But once the workaday storage jugs reached Japan, they became objects of aesthetic contemplation and, often, reverence. One of those jars — a big brown jug called Chigusa in the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., is one such jar. In the 16th century, a tea ritual arose around them. At that time To be politically also meant that you had to show that you had sophistication as well. Unlike earlier times, when overtly decorated Chinese wares were popular, the appreciation of beauty born in the Muromachi/Momyama period stressed frugality and simplicity, a humble aesthetic unique to Japan, and these jars, along with simple Korean rice bowls, were the perfect accompaniment to the modest confines of the spaces made to contain them.