Name Description Object ID
2012.12.1-4 Tea Ceremony Set Tea Ceremony Objects

This tea ceremony set includes a cast iron teapot, a hishaku (bamboo ladle), a sasara (whisk), and a ceramic chawan (tea bowl). This small teapot is decorated in relief on the sides with a landscape image featuring a temple, trees, and a stupa on one side. On the...

AB 281 a,b Teapot (hiragana side) Teapot

This small teapot has a grayish-green glaze on red clay, which is still visible in the unglazed interior. The teapot is decorated with calligraphy, reading Hamamatsu (the name of a city in Shizuoka Prefecture), in kanji characters on one side and in hiragana on the other side...

AB 281 a,b
AB 55-1560 Sake Cup Sake Cup

This small ceramic sake cup is a light cream color (perhaps faded due to age), with a central image of a brown sword or stick lying behind two gray, cloud-like structures with blue cords at either end. A small green half of a yin and yang symbol lies to the bottom right of the sword. There are...

AB 55-1650
AB 55-19 s8 Tea Caddy Tea Caddy

This metal tea canister, or tea caddy, still holds some tea inside. The tea caddy is decorated with an image of a boat on a river with trees on one side and Mt. Fuji in the background. The decoration is mainly in gold and silver but features some other colors. There is a large, thumbprint-...

AB 55-19 s8
AB 58-12 Sake Cup Sake Cup

This sake cup, or guinomi, is made of porcelain with a woven exterior. The interior is painted with the head of a court lady in the Emperor's household, inside a scalloped aqua border. The court lady wears a red and white kimono and has yellow hair ornaments. The woven...

AB 58-12
AB 61-4 s1 Sake bottle Gourd Sake Bottle

This sake bottle is made from a hollowed gourd. It is rattle-shaped with a wide, round bottom and a long, narrow neck.  There is a fern-like drawing on one side in ink, which has been outlined fully but not entirely colored in. There is no stopper. The bottle is made from "Lagenaria siceraria...

AB 61-4 s1
AB 727 Sieve (top) Sieve

This round sieve has a woven horsehair bottom and sides made out of bark. Large and small sieves of this type were made in the home. The horsehair was woven to make the sieve through which teas and fruit juices or vegetables were strained.

AB 727
AB 76-101 Tea Caddy Tea Caddy

This wooden tea canister is in the shape of an urn. It has a small inner lid and a large outer lid, and is intended for storing tea in the home.

The Japanese word for tea is o-cha. Tea is served in cups without handles and without milk, sugar, or lemon. A very small teapot is...

AB 76-101
AB 76-120 Tea Bowl Chawan (Tea Bowl)

This glazed pottery chawan, or tea bowl, is stored in a plain wood box with black ink kanji characters and a signature in red ink. The lid is slightly warped, and a blue-and-orange cloth ribbon is attached for closure. There is yellow cloth inside for packing. The chawan...

AB 76-120
AB 76-58 Tea Ceremony Set Tea Ceremony Set

This tea set would have been used for a Japanese tea ceremony. The items sit on a wooden three-tier shelf unit stained a dark brown color. This unit is enclosed by a lighter wooden case, which has a removable sliding shutter at the front. The shutter has Japanese characters written on it. The...

AB 76-58
AB 82-22 Teacup (front) Teacup

This blue teacup is made of glazed ceramic. It has a cylindrical shape that reinforces the bamboo design on the front. The bamboo stalk and leaves were carved away from the underglaze coat to reveal the raw white ceramic texture before the second firing. The underglaze has a beautiful indigo...

AB 82-22
AB 82-23 Teacup Teacup

This ceramic teacup has a white/slightly blue-green colored glaze and a brown rim at the top and bottom. The surface has a ribbing effect, with eight rings. The cup widens gradually towards the base.

AB 82-23
AB 828 s1 Interior - Otafuku Sake Cup

This small ceramic sake cup, or guinomi, has a painted interior and a sculpted exterior. The interior features the face of Otafuku, the "homely woman," in black and gold against a white background. Otafuku, with her characteristic round cheeks, is a symbol of luck and good...

AB 828 s1
AB 90-1 Manekineko Sake Bottle (front) Manekineko

This manekineko doubles as a ceramic sake bottle. The bottle takes the shape of a white bobtail cat with blue eyes, red ears, a pink nose and mouth, brown and orange spots, and a green scarf around the neck on which is placed a sticker that reads "lucky" in gold. The ...

AB 90-1
AB 989 s1 Sake Cups Sake Cup

This set of four white ceramic-glazed sake cups (guinomi) takes the shape of wide-mouthed bowls and features flowers and insects. Each cup has a gold rim, but features a different design. One cup depicts a purple flower, either an iris or orchid. Another depicts a black and yellow...

AB 989 s1
AB XX 29 Sake Cup and Bowl Set Sake Cup Set

This set of five sake cups (guinomi) are made of lacquered wood painted red on the outside and gold on the inside. Four of the cups feature flower designs (including an iris, cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, and a chrysanthemum) for each of the seasons; the other cup features a...

AB XX 29