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Tea bowl, Ki-Irabo type
early 17th century


Joseon period

Stoneware with opaque wood-ash glaze; gold lacquer repairs
H: 6.1 W: 12.8 cm
Yangsan, Korea

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1911.376

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The type of tea bowl known in Japan as Ki-Irabo (Yellow Irabo) was made in Korea to Japanese order beginning in the early seventeenth century. This type of bowl is characterized by coarse, stony clay and an ochre-colored ash glaze. Bowls of this type were replicated at various kilns in Japan, including the Karatsu kilns in northern Kyushu and the Rakuzan kiln in Matsue.