Shino ware was produced in the Mino area of Japan (in modern Gifu prefecture near Nagoya) during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1574–1600), mainly for the tea ceremony. Shino glazes, which are always thick, come in shades of red or gray, but white is the most popular. White Shino tea bowls were in high demand among tea masters, as the white color expresses purity and is considered a perfect presentation of the spirit of the tea ceremony.
Glazed stoneware, Shino style
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Tsujimura Shiro (Japanese, born 1947). Tea Bowl, 2000. Glazed stoneware, Shino style, 3 15/16 x 5 in. (10 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Koichi Yanagi, 2003.67.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2003.67.4_transp6312.jpg)
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