This rare tea bowl (considered a national treasure) came from the MOA Museum and is valued at $50,000. I'm glad I didn’t know that until I had finished handling it! Dr. Michael Dixon, chairman of the NHS Alliance in London, is to my left.
I'm holding - carefully! - a tea bowl of the type known as Hagi ware, a variety of Japanese pottery characterized by its organic, slightly imperfect shape and translucent white glaze. This is at the MOA Museum of Art in Atami, Japan.