Tea Ceremony Fresh Water Jar (Mizusashi)
On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
The brief Momoyama period (1573–1615) was a golden age for ceramic innovation in Japan, as potters responded to a surge in demand for tea wares. The mizusashi, a lidded pot containing clean water for making tea and rinsing cups, is the first vessel to be brought into the place where a tea ceremony is being held, and as such it attracts a great deal of attention from participants. Some mizusashi have ceramic lids while others have lacquered wood lids, as was likely the case with this object. The light-green coating of natural ash glaze, small scorch marks, and prominent “ear” handles of this piece typify tea wares made at the kilns of Iga, a mountainous area southeast of Kyōto.
Stoneware with ash glaze; Iga ware
Lid in lacquered wood
late 16th-early 17th century
Momoyama Period to Edo Period
Inscription on storage box lid refers to the piece as an early Shigaraki waste water jar. Paper label on side of box refers to it as an Iga Mukogire Mizusashi.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kahn
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Tea Ceremony Fresh Water Jar (Mizusashi), late 16th-early 17th century. Stoneware with ash glaze; Iga ware
Lid in lacquered wood, 4 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (10.5 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kahn, 80.42.2a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.42.2_view1_PS11.jpg)
overall, 80.42.2_view1_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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