Japanese Tea Bowl Shapes

Below are some of the shapes and terms. Thanks to Mike Martino and Tatsua Tomeoka for help in the right direction. Any inaccuracies are mine.

Click on any linked images or the list to the right for examples of tea bowls.

For a printable version, click here.

  • 鉄鉢形, Wa-nari: Circle Shape

    鉄鉢形, Wa-nari: Circle Shape

  • 椀形, Wan-nari: Wooden Bowl Shape

    椀形, Wan-nari: Wooden Bowl Shape

  • 呉記型, Goki-gata: Goki Type

    呉記型, Goki-gata: Goki Type

  • 半筒型, Han tsutsu-gata: Half Cylinder Shape

    半筒型, Han tsutsu-gata: Half Cylinder Shape

  • 筒型, Tsutsu-gata: Cylinder Type

    筒型, Tsutsu-gata: Cylinder Type

  • 碁笥底型, Gokezoko-gata: Go Stone Box Type

    碁笥底型, Gokezoko-gata: Go Stone Box Type

  • 胴締, Dojimari-gata: Waist Type

    胴締, Dojimari-gata: Waist Type

  • 馬上杯, Bajyohai: Rider's Cup

    馬上杯, Bajyohai: Rider's Cup

  • 杉形, Sugi-nari: Cedar Shape

    杉形, Sugi-nari: Cedar Shape

  • 井戸型, Ido-gata: Ido or Well Type

    井戸型, Ido-gata: Ido or Well Type

  • 天目型, Tenmoku-gata: Tenmoku Type

    天目型, Tenmoku-gata: Tenmoku Type

  • Komogai Nari

    Komogai-nari: Komogai Shape

  • 端反り型, Hatazori-gata: Curving Lip Type

    端反り型, Hatazori-gata: Curving Lip Type

  • 平形, Hiragata: Flat Shape

    平形, Hiragata: Flat Shape

  • 馬盥, Badarai: Horse Bucket Shape

    馬盥, Badarai: Horse Bucket Shape

  • 沓形, Kutsu-gata: Clog or Shoe Shape

    沓形, Kutsu-gata: Clog or Shoe Shape

  • 砂浜形, Suhama-gata: Shoreline Type

    砂浜形, Suhama-gata: Shoreline Type

  • 桃形, Momo-gata: Peach Shape

    桃形, Momo-gata: Peach Shape

  • 筆洗形, Hissen-gata: Brush Washer Shape

    筆洗形, Hissen-gata: Brush Washer Shape

  • 編笠, Amikasa: Amikasa Straw Hat Type

    編笠, Amikasa: Amikasa Straw Hat Type

  • 三角形, Sankaku-gata: Triangular Shape

    三角形, Sankaku-gata: Triangular Shape

  • 四方形, Shiho-gata: Four Sided Shape

    四方形, Shiho-gata: Four Sided Shape

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