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December 2016
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The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art across Generations of the Raku Family

Dec 17, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto In 16th-century Kyoto, Japanese tea master Sen no Rikyu asked Chojiro, a potter, to make tea bowls for use in sacred wabi-style tea ceremonies. The original techniques used to create these chawan tea bowls gave rise to a unique genre of traditional pottery now known as Raku ware. ‘Raku,’ meaning ‘enjoyment,’ ‘comfort,’ or ‘ease,’ was the name given to the family that has produced these tea bowls over the past 15 generations through&hellip

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