A fine example of Japanese pottery exemplifying the wabi sabi aesthetic, this bowl with lid, or "gaiwan" (chinese) is modelled on the 17th century Swatow ceramics much admired in Japan, and stands approximately 3 3/8" high and 4 1/2" diameter. Carefully potted, it is covered with palm eye "holes" in the glaze and bears the maker's mark on the base. We are dating this to the turn of the 19th / 20th century,
"In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō), suffering (苦 ku) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (空 kū).
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes" Wikipedia
Condition: no damage, restoration or repair that we can spot.
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Fine Antique Japanese Bowl & Cover Gaiwan 盖碗 Swatow Style Marked