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    Posted 6 years ago

    Katzl
    (81 items)

    This bowl is made by either what we in swedish would call a "vril" (burl in english?) or a root piece..
    The patina indicates it could be 19th century - or older? - I don't know if it shows in pictures, but it has the charm of an object that has been used and touched a lot. Also the wood under the bottom has darkened in a way which needs quite long time.
    It has many red laquer mendings, which are old.
    In a way it reminds me of some japanese carvings, and it reminds of boxwood..?
    The bottom is left with no treatment, only "raw".

    I would be most grateful for all suggestions and opinions about the origin of this bowl!

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Positively love it! You are right for the carving rather crude for a japanese one, but so artistic in its way.
      What size is it?
    2. noob, 6 years ago
      >>
      But! Japanese handicraft is so skilled, and perfect! Then this would be quite crude, compared to other things?
      And also, the bottom is left with no treatment, only "raw".
      <<

      Oh, you need to understand about 'wabi-sabi': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      stunning katzl!!
    4. Katzl Katzl, 6 years ago
      kyratango - thank you so much!!! :) I will measure it and get back soon!

      noob - Thank you so much for your comment!! Yes I know about Wabi Sabi - I was also thinking about it, and was considering to write something about it in the description..! I only feel unsecure - could the bowl be japanese? Or am I wrong?
      I love it either way - very much.

      SEAN68 - thank you so much!!!
    5. Katzl Katzl, 6 years ago
      aghcollect, many thanks for the love!!

      I want add that English is not my native language, so I don't know if maybe "crude" was the wrong word. In Sweden, maybe this kind of object would be called "allmoge". Which means it was made by "the people" (rural culture) - not an "upper class object". But it's still as much a treasure!! And often more so, since not so many objects like that have survived.
    6. noob, 6 years ago
      Its 'spirit' seems to be Japanese. I agree that's the feeling it evokes more than any other.
    7. Katzl Katzl, 6 years ago
      It's about 17,5 cm long, 14 cm wide and 8 cm high. (6,9 inches long, 5,5 iches wide and 3,1 inches high)
    8. Katzl Katzl, 6 years ago
      jwendell222 - Thank you so much for your comment!! I will remove the word "crude" - I was not aware of the seemingly negative connotation! I meant it not in a negative way, it was an apparently bad translation from swedish (my native language)!
    9. Katzl Katzl, 6 years ago
      Jewels, many thanks for loving it!!!
    10. Katzl Katzl, 6 years ago
      Maybe I should add, that the surface of the bowl is softer than silk to touch!
      In my home it has a central place, together with my most treasured items.
      It has a "personality" or charisma (?), I love it very much.
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Hej! Underbar vril! Jag letar alltid efter såna här skålar, äger bara en ännu. Den här är utöver det vanliga. Varför tror du att den inte är från Sverige eller nåt av våra grannländer? Den distinkta kanten för mina tankar till samiska kåsor som jag sett. Lite tankar från min sida. Den är hur som helst otroligt fin!
    12. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 6 years ago
      Vous etes belles! I Hope I said that right!!
    13. Katzl Katzl, 6 years ago
      Hej! Jag trodde först att den var svensk och från 20-30 talet. Men sedan tittade jag närmare på den, och visade den för en vän, som har mycket mer erfarenhet än mig. Han påpekade att de mörka "fläckarna" inte var av trä - utan troligtvis av lack. Sedan har jag visat den och diskuterat med fler personer - alla anser det vara lagningar av röd lack.
      Och de tror att den kommer från Japan.
      Där har det funnits en tradition av att laga saker just med lack, på detta sätt!
      Lagningarna har inte betraktats som "fula" utan som en del av föremålets historia, och på det sättet vackra!
      Om det inte vore för de här lagningarna så skulle jag nog trott att den var från Sverige/omgivande områden.
      Ja visst är det svårt att hitta vackra/spännande träföremål - jag letar, men har bara hittat den här skålen + 2 saker till!!
    14. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Jaha, jag förstår. Den är verkligen fin.
    15. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      I thought this was burl wood when I first saw it. I have a Yugoslavian "wedding cup" made from burl wood (as we here in the U.S. call it).

      Could this possibly be a much earlier rendition of a wedding cup.

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