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Oribe-style Tea Caddy (chaire)

Location

JAPAN, MINO

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)

Title

Oribe-style Tea Caddy (chaire)

Date

Early 17th c.

Materials

Stoneware, painted decoration in underglaze iron oxide brown under a green glaze, ivory lid

Dimensions

11.3 cm (h.), 6.5 cm (diam.)

Credits

F. Cleveland Morgan Bequest, inv. 1962.Ee.43a-b

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

This tea caddy’s rugged shape, green glaze and abstract linear designs in underglaze iron are all emblematic of the distinctive Oribe style, which is associated with the taste of the samurai tea master Furuta Oribe (1543-1615), a pupil of Sen no Rikyū. Oribe’s innovative, even eccentric style became immensely popular and offered an alternative to Rikyū’s highly restrained manner.

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