Tea caddy with one handle

Unknown16th century, Ming dynasty

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

Tea caddies are classified by the country of production, such as “karamono,” imported from China, “wamono,” made in Japan, and “shimamono,” imported from all other Asian countries.
This tea caddy is considered to be shimamono whose rustic appearance was preferred by masters of the tea ceremony. It was made by turning the potter’s wheel counterclockwise, separating from the wheel with a string, which left a beautiful spiral mark on the bottom. It has a spout at the mouth, which is covered with the ivory lid. Most of the upper part of the exterior surface is applied with iron glaze while the lower part and the interior surface are unglazed.


  • Title: Tea caddy with one handle
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 16th century, Ming dynasty
  • Location Created: China
  • Physical Dimensions: OAH: 7.7 cm, H: 7.2 cm; Dia: 7.1 cm, 4.3x5.3 cm (mouth), 3.9 cm (base); Wt: 140 g
  • Type: Ceramic

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