numbers three-four of six volumes; woodblock printed books with text and diagrams, with many examples of flower arrangement; tan cover on book; books travel in folding navy blue case

Promulgation of the Contemporary Tea Ceremony, vol. 3–4, 1694

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Contemporary guide to tea ceremony, Enshū school.

In the mid-1600s, an aristocrat named Kobori Enshū (1579–1647), who was also a skilled poet, artist, flower arranger, and tea master, developed his own style of the tea ceremony based on the aesthetic ideal of kirei-sabi, which combined the notions of refined beauty (kirei) and patina, the wear associated with age (sabi). Enshū’s kirei-sabi style, which partially supplanted wabi (imperfect or rustic) as the dominant aesthetic, had a great impact on the design of gardens and teahouses, decoration of teahouse interiors, and the production of tea wares in the mid-1600s. Two generations later, Endō Genkan, an adherent of the Enshū School of tea, wrote a number of important books on the Japanese tea ceremony including the volumes displayed here, which sought to disseminate Enshū’s kirei-sabi tea aesthetic.

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Title
Promulgation of the Contemporary Tea Ceremony, vol. 3–4
Artist Life
active c. 1656-1702
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.215.3
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 479
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numbers three-four of six volumes; woodblock printed books with text and diagrams, with many examples of flower arrangement; tan cover on book; books travel in folding navy blue case