Tea scoop, named Yosame (Rain at night)

attributed to Furuta Oribe, case by Yugensai Itto16th-17th century, Momoyama-Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

This bamboo scoop is characterized by the following: susudake (a soot-colored bamboo), nakafushi (a knot in the middle), hitohi (a single groove), arigoshi (a bent back of the knot), oritame (a sharply bend-shaped bowl). The tip of the scoop is sharpened in a somewhat rightward position. The end of the scoop is cut off aslant. It is applied with gold on the backside to repair a crack which appears along the groove. A wormhole is found on the backside of the upper part of the knot. The storage tube of the scoop is shaved off while partially leaving the skin. This scoop is given a poetic name ‘Yosame’ (rain at night) which is written in ink on the storage tube with a signature. It is signed by Itto Soshitsu, the 8th head of the Urasenke School of tea ceremony.

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  • Title: Tea scoop, named Yosame (Rain at night)
  • Creator: attributed to Furuta Oribe, case by Yugensai Itto
  • Date Created: 16th-17th century, Momoyama-Edo period
  • Physical Dimensions: <Scoop>18.2 × 1.0 cm <container> 21.1 × 2.1cm
  • Type: Woodwork