Powdered tea container, with accessories

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 16th century
  • Geography

    Kyoto, Japan
  • Material

    Lathe-turned wood, black lacquer
  • Dimension

    H (overall): 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Sei'ami (active late 16th century)
  • Description

    Object is a dark brown lacquer container, with a fitted lid and a slightly recessed base. The object is housed in a green and gold brocade drawstring pouch which fits into a deeply lidded wood box. For futher details about these and other wrappings associated with this object, see notes field.
  • Marks

    Incised on base, left side: "Sei"
  • Inscriptions

    See inscriptions on accessories in the notes field.
  • Provenance

    Prince of Kaga Collection, Kanazawa, Japan [1]
    S. Yabumoto, Tokyo [2]
    To 1998
    Peggy and Richard M. Danziger, New York City, purchased from S. Yabumoto [3]
    From 1998
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Peggy and Richard M. Danziger in 1998
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 4 in the object record: Ex-collection "Maeda house of Kaga (Kanazawa)."
    [2] See Note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan (March 5, 2022 - July 24, 2022)
    Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Maeda daimyo of Kaga
    S. Yabumoto
    Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
  • Origin

    Kyoto, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
  • Type

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