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, shimamaono imported from all other Asian counties.
This tea caddy is considered to be a shimamono whose rustic appearance was preferred by masters of tea ceremony. It was made by turning the potter’s wheel counterclockwise, and separated from the wheel by using a string that has left a 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.

Show lessRead more
  • 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