Black Raku ware tea bowl named Minogame (Mossy-tailed tortoise)

Earthenware with black raku glaze | 8.7 x 12.5cm | 1605-1637

Attributed to Hon'ami Kōetsu 本阿弥光悦

Hon'ami Koetsu was a sword polisher and appaiser by profession, but he gained fame as a calligrapher and also as a maker of tea bowls that were much admired and replicated. Surviving letters show that Koetsu collaborated for making tea bowls with the...
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