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Porcelain with underglaze blue
5 x 8.2 cm (1 15/16 x 3 1/4 in.)
Gift of James and Christine Heusinger 2022.171.3
This tea set with idyllic lakeside Chinese landscapes has a side-handled pot called a kyūsu, used for steeping, straining, and serving tea. Unlike some others, this set also has a yuzamashi, a container used to cool boiled water to just the right temperature for the best flavor when steeping. Seifū Yohei III’s painting teacher, Tanomura Chokunyū (1814–1907), made a visual record of famous sencha events that shows how these kinds of porcelains fit with objects such as a stove and kettle to form a complete set of utensils for tea preparation, and with ensembles of decorative objects meant to inspire creativity
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