Chigusa and the Art of Tea

Chigusa and the Art of Tea

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Chigusa and the Art of Tea is the catalogue for the eponymous exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum October 2014 - February 2015.

This innovative book narrates the history of a single object―a tea-leaf storage jar created in southern China during the thirteenth or fourteenth centuries―and describes how its role changed after it was imported to Japan and passed from owner to owner there. In Japan, where the jar was in constant use for more than seven hundred years, it was transformed from a humble vessel into a celebrated object used in chanoyu (often translated in English as tea ceremony), renowned for its aesthetic and functional qualities, and awarded the name Chigusa.


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