Camellia Matcha Bowl

A compact matcha bowl with a depiction of a camellia, from Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture.

£52 per item

This matcha bowl with a depiction of a camellia flower is an example of the excellence of Zōhō-gama, a kiln in Tajimi City, in aka-e ceramicware, a style characterized by illustrations in various colours of overglaze such as red, blue, yellow, purple and green on top of a clear glaze. This includes the kiln’s signature sennichi-zuri, made from a distinctive red pigment which has been pulverised into a fine powder over the course of 1000 days. The fine particles of the powder create a rich tone of muted red that will develop and deepen over the years.
The camellia is a recurrent motif for Zōhō-gama, and symbolizes longevity, an association flowing from the prolonged life of the evergreen shrub and its long-blooming flower.
The compact nature of this tea bowl is smaller than a standard size, making it fitting for nodate (an open air tea ceremony) or for contemporary use as a vessel for small dishes and soup.

Handwash only.


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