Originating in Korea during the 16th century, Ido tea bowls are a type of Korai-jawan — decorative bowls that typically feature some sort of motif, such as an animal or floral design.

From the early Edo Period (1603-1867) to today, such bowls have been highly valued as the premier wabi-sabi (rustic beauty) vessels for tea ceremonies. Simple yet unique, the bowls became standard ware for daimyo lords and tea masters, including Sen no Rikyu, Kobori Enshu and Matsudaira Fumai.

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