Oribe ware bowl with floral motif

Momoyama period (17th century)

Donated by Norio Homma

Oribe ware is a type of pottery produced in the kilns of Motoyashiki in Mino Province (present-day Gifu Prefecture). The name derives from the fact that under the guidance of Oribe Furuta, a disciple of  Sen no Rikyū (the politically influential tea master who first codified the chanoyu way of tea ceremony), the kilns fired many tea utensils in eccentric and novel designs favored by Oribe himself.