Tea scoop and container

Bent bamboo utensil. Carved from one piece, it has a deep trough in the center of the scoop and a slightly raised pair of ridges and subtly incised lines where the handle begins. It is housed in a carved bamboo container with a wood stopper lid. The container has a black ink inscription and small stamped mark on its flat side. There are two metal rivets set across a wide crack in the container; one is a copper alloy; the other is a silver metal with a dark surface. For further details about wrappings associated with this object, see notes field.

Maker(s)
Artist: Furuta Oribe 古田織部 (1544-1615)
Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, late 16th-early 17th century
Medium
Bamboo, cedar
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 18.6 x 1 x 2 cm (7 5/16 x 3/8 x 13/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1998.20a-i
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Tool and Equipment
Type

Tea scoop (chashaku)

Keywords
Japan, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), tea, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Bent bamboo utensil. Carved from one piece, it has a deep trough in the center of the scoop and a slightly raised pair of ridges and subtly incised lines where the handle begins. It is housed in a carved bamboo container with a wood stopper lid. The container has a black ink inscription and small stamped mark on its flat side. There are two metal rivets set across a wide crack in the container; one is a copper alloy; the other is a silver metal with a dark surface. For further details about wrappings associated with this object, see notes field.

Inscription(s)

For inscriptions on accessories see notes field.

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 301-303.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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