Shino Teabowl with Bridge and House, known as “Bridge of the Gods” (Shinkyō) by Rekishi no Tabi (back, briefly) Via Flickr: It’s #TeabowlTuesday!
I took this one at New York’s wonderful Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is fine sample of Shino-type Mino ware, dating back to the late 16th century.
According to the MET’s explanation, and I am quoting directly:
“Shino ware, produced at the Mino kilns during the Momoyama period, is characterized by a heavy body and coarse, crackled feldspathic glaze, qualities appreciated by the tea master Sen no Rikyū (1522–1591). This Shino teabowl was produced before the introduction of the improved multi-chambered climbing kiln (noborigama).
It is decorated with a simple, linear design of a bridge and a house, painted in iron oxide under the white glaze. This composition had been depicted on several Mino teabowls and is thought to be either a simplified and somewhat abstract representation of the Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka or a reference to the Lady of the Bridge (Hashi-hime), a character from courtly fiction who waited by a bridge at night for her lover to arrive.”
This piece belongs to the Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015.