An unusual rough glaze ceramics made circa 1568-1603 during the Joseon dynasty in Korea (1392-1910) often referred to as “Choson”). It was in stark contrast to the finely decorated ceramic wares considered to represent the highest quality of achievement from imperial, city, and provincial kilns, the last of which were export-driven wares. These rough glaze ceramics in the shape of small bowls became the most sought after by the Japanese to be used as "chawan" teacups for their tea ceremony. They are the most expensive antique teacups you can buy in Japan.
The rough surface offered a pleasant feeling to the hands of the person doing the tea ceremony and was its most cherished attribute.
This bowl is not a teacup but looks like it was made to be a container for something else, using the same rough finish. It is 4.5 inches high by 5 inches wide.
To the right are pictures of one of the highly prized tea bowls made in Korea but most loved in Japan. This pictured tea bowl is not the item for sale. It is included to show the quality of the piece offered. These unusual Korean ceramics were considered by the Japanese to be promoting the wabi spirit in the Tea ceremony. Wabi means finding the beauty in imperfection.
You will receive this certificate of origin with the piece.