Tea Bowl

Tea Bowl
Koto ware, porcelain, with design of Lohans, cranes and clouds in gold and polychrome overglaze painting
By Kosai
Edo period, 19th century
Gift of Ii Family

This tea bowl is marked by its conical body and substantial foot. The decoration was painted by Kosai, a monk from Hida Takayama (in today’s Gifu), who returned to secular life to study painting in Kyoto. He entered the employment of Hikone’s hanyo (domain-run kilns) during the lordship of Naoaki, twelfth head of Ii family. Kosai left Hikone shortly after Naosuke’s succession as head of Ii family.

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