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Kashū Minpei

Leaf Tea Caddy with Matching Lid

Artist

Kashū Minpei
Imada-mura, Japan, 1796 – Japan 1871

Title

Leaf Tea Caddy with Matching Lid

Date

Mid-19th c.

Materials

Stoneware, bluish glaze, reserve iron oxide decoration

Dimensions

11.6 cm (h.), 6.8 cm (diam.)

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Ee.16

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

A tea caddy (chaire) is a small container for storing powdered green tea intended for the thick tea (koicha) ceremony. Small stoneware containers were introduced to Japan from China by pilgrim priests in the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Originally made to hold cosmetics, medicine and spices, they were soon produced in local kilns and put to a different use by tea devotees. Highly treasured, they were placed in bags (shifuku) made of richly patterned silk and then stored in wooden boxes.

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