Tea Jar with Four Lugs

Tea Jar with Four Lugs

Height 31.3 cm, mouth diameter 8.4 cm; China, Ming dynasty, 16th century; Gift of the Ii Family

Chatsubo tea jars are used to store tea leaves. This one has a greenish-brown glaze applied over a grayish-brown body. When Ii Naosuke held a tea event at the Genkyūen garden on the eighteenth day of the ninth month of Ansei 1 (1854), this tea jar was shown at the Hōshōdai tea house. According to the Hikone mizuyachō, a record of tea gatherings at the garden, it was displayed on the lower part of the staggered shelves in the tea room.

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