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Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Chatsubo (Leaf-Tea Storage Jar)
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Tamba wareStoneware with natural ash glaze
H.16 x W.13-1/2 in.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Gift of Bruce B. Dayton
This robust jar was used to store dried tea leaves before they were ground into powder for use in the tea ceremony. Its high neck was designed to accommodate a stopper which would have been lashed to the vessel with a cord threaded through the four lugs. The relatively even edge of the glaze suggests that it was purposefully applied, while ash from the firing created interesting variations in texture and color on the vessel's shoulder.
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