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Tea caddy, imo-no-ko type, named Murasame

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Seto, Aichi prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware, ash glaze, lacquer, ivory
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (tea caddy overall): 8 × 5 cm (3 1/8 × 2 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Seto imo-no-ko-shaped tea caddy with ivory lid and lacquered storage box.
  • Inscriptions

    The caddy's storage box that bears verse applied in lacquer is reputed to have been made by Kobori Gonjuro, the third son of noted warrior and tea master Kobori Enshu (1579 - 1647). The name "Murasame" ("passing rain showers") is from a famous poem by Jakuren (d. 1202) that appeared in the Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Famous Poems Anthology). It reads as follows:
    むらさめの Murasame no
    露もまだひぬ Tsuyu mo mada hinu
    まきの葉に Maki no ha ni
    霧立ちのぼる Kiri tachinoboru
    秋の夕暮 Aki no yugure
    秋の夕暮 Aki no yugure
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Origin

    Seto, Aichi prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Gregory Kinsey, Kinsey Chanoyu Collection, in memory of Iwamoto Mieko Soshi, long-time Chanoyu practitioner and teacher, Tokyo, Japan.
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