plain black matte tea container

© Suzuki Mutsumi

Black tea caddy, 20th century

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Two consistencies of powdered green tea may be drunk at a tea gathering—a thin, frothy variety called usu-cha and an extremely rich type called koi-cha. Stronger, thicker koi-cha calls for a formal type of preparation requiring the use of ceramic caddies (called chaire) for holding the powdered tea, while the preparation of thinner usu-cha is less formal and features lacquer caddies (natsume) like this sleek black example by the world-renowned lacquer artist Suzuki Mutsumi.

Details
Title
Black tea caddy
Artist Life
1942 - 2009
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.428a,b
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plain black matte tea container

© Suzuki Mutsumi

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