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Water Container with Birds and Flowers (lid)


late 1600s
height with lid: 13.3 x 7.8 cm (5 1/4 x 3 1/16 in.)
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The shape of this small vessel suggests it may be a fresh-water container included among the tools used in Japan for preparing steeped tea, introduced to Japan by Chan (Zen) monks from southern China in the mid-1600s.
Water Container with Birds and Flowers (lid)

Water Container with Birds and Flowers (lid)

late 1600s

Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)

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