oval tea basket with lid; closed chevron weave; two handles; green cord at top; blue brocade lining inside; two green tassels

Teiran Tea Utensil Basket, second half 19th century

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Hayakawa Shōkosai I was the leading bamboo artist of the late 1800s. He made this basket to carry the various utensils used for sencha tea service. In contrast to the older Japanese tea ceremony, which uses powdered green tea, the sencha tea ceremony introduced from China in the Edo period (1603–1868) features green tea leaves soaked—or steeped—in hot water. This practice and its association with Chinese culture was especially popular among Japanese scholarly elites of the 1700s and 1800s, who revered artworks, practices, and ideas sourced from Chinese culture.

Details
Title
Teiran Tea Utensil Basket
Artist Life
1815 - 1897
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.31.71a-d
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oval tea basket with lid; closed chevron weave; two handles; green cord at top; blue brocade lining inside; two green tassels