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[rah-koo] /ˈrɑ ku/
a thick-walled, rough, dark lead-glazed Japanese earthenware used in the tea ceremony.
Origin of raku
1870-75; < Japanese raku(-yaki) “pleasure” glaze, originated by Chōjirō of Kyoto, who was given the seal-stamp with the character “pleasure” from Hideyoshi as an artisan-household designation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These bowls were sometimes imported from Siam and other countries, and vessels of raku were made for the same purpose.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • raku ware, so called from the inscribed mark raku (happiness), consisted chiefly of tea-bowls.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • This raku was a ware introduced by a Corean called Ameya, about the beginning of the sixteenth century.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • It is equally hard to understand why raku should have been preferred to porcelain for this special ceremonial.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • Under the first of these classifications may be included Bizen, Seto, raku, and some other wares.

    The Empire of the East H. B. Montgomery
  • The raku faience owed much of its popularity to the patronage of the tea clubs.

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