Kettle with Crane Design

Kettle with Crane Design

1392-1573

Part of a set. See all set records

Iron

Diameter: 30.4 cm (11 15/16 in.); Diameter of mouth: 18.6 cm (7 5/16 in.); Overall: 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in.); with handle: 31.5 cm (12 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1980.11

Description

Water supplied from a jar such as the fine Shino-ware vessel (1972.9.a-b) was transferred to an iron kettle for boiling as part of the tea ceremony. Former CMA director Sherman Lee described the jagged, broken skirt of this kettle as "attractively damaged," complementing the unobtrusive wispy designs on its rough metal surface. The character of this kettle-worn, coarse, the "perfection" of symmetry destroyed-was cherished by tea masters for its powerful humility.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Iron

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