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Teabowl with Arhat, Crane, and Cloud Designs

Teabowl with Arhat, Crane, and Cloud Designs
Kotō ware, painting by Kōsai; height 7.5 cm, mouth diameter 10.6 cm; Edo period, 19th century; Gift of the Ii Family

This teabowl decorated in red and gold was painted by Kōsai, a former monk from Hida Takayama (in present-day Gifu Prefecture) who returned to secular life to study painting in Kyoto. He entered the employ of the Hikone domain-run kiln at the time of twelfth daimyo Naoaki. Kōsai is known for refined brushwork befitting a literati artist and designs that densely cover the surface of a vessel. The inside of the bowl is decorated with portrayals of Buddhist arhats, and the outside with clouds, cranes, and a long Chinese poem.

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