Japanese Bee-Hive Form Brush Washer in Temmoku Glaze

One of the most famous black wares produced in China is the Jian (Jianyang) ware of Fujian province, known in Japan as Temmoku. The brown/black glaze of this water pot was marked with streaks or spots, usually called “hare’s-fur” or “oil spot” effect. The term Youhen meaning, “kiln change”, directly relates to the hare’s-fur glazing in that it refers to pieces which undergo unexpected changes in color and/or texture during the firing. The excess iron oxide migrates to the surface of the glaze where it collects into streaks or spots of pure metallic iron accompanied by color changes.

This is a very unusual Japanese Brush Washer because most pieces during this period were tea bowls, which came about because of the change in taste from steeping green tea to whisked powdered (Macha) tea. Pieces for other uses are unusual, and ones like this water pot became popular when calligraphy became fashionable. This piece is in excellent condition. Approximate age: 1900s. Dimensions: 5-1/2″”dia. x 2-3/4”h

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