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Tea Bowl

12th–13th century

Stoneware with brown glaze and hare’s-fur markings in iron oxide (Chayang ware)

2 1/8 × 4 7/8 in. (5.4 × 12.38 cm)
Wayland Wells Williams, B.A. 1910, Collection, Gift of Mrs. Frances Wayland Williams
1947.58
Before the wabi aesthetic took shape in the sixteenth century, Chinese tea bowls were prized by the military elite. Dark glazed wares with iridescent patterning dating from the Song dynasty (960–1279), known as tenmoku bowls in Japan, were avidly collected by wealthy tea connoisseurs as early as the late thirteenth century. The dark glaze was thought to set off the color of the green tea to pleasing effect.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Frank's, London' purchased in 1936 by Wayland Wells Williams (1888–1945) Collection, New Haven, Conn.; Mrs. Frances Wayland Williams; gift in 1947 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 152, no. 300, ill.

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