Mukozuke Bowls in Melon Shape
with Underglaze-Iron and
Copper-Green Melon Design

Utsutsugawa ware
Japan, 17th century
H. 3.3 cm, M.D. 14.5 cm each

Utsutsugawa ware was produced for a short period, from the Genroku to Kyoho eras (1688-1736), in the village of Yagami (in present day Nagasaki City) of Isahaya Domain. Its distinctive features include the thin, polished finish resembling porcelain and its simple yet refined style, which incorporates the use of green glaze, white slip, and iron brown glaze painted on a lightly brushed white slip hakeme ground. Although a stoneware, its sharp, distinct design makes Utsutsugawa ware one of the most unique among the many ceramics produced in Kyushu. For this set of unique and elegant melon-shaped mukozuke bowls, used to serve food during a formal tea gathering, the iron brown, green glaze, and white slip were used to skillfully illustrate the charming melons in the corner of each bowl.

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