The Japanese used to have a special tobacco set called tabako bon which they would offer the guest a puff before tea was served. Tabako bon also became part of the tea ceremony entertainment. In this way, kiseru was profoundly connected to life and traditional culture in Japan. The ceramic charcoal container of this tabako bon has a maker's seal on the bottom. It indicates that this work was produced in the late Edo period (1800-1868) by Kinkozan Sobei Kiln in Kyoto.


  • Title: Tabako bon
  • Creator: Ceramic container by Kinkozan Sobei Kiln
  • Date Created: 江戸時代後期
  • Physical Dimensions: H 13.8 cm, W 16.5 cm, D 16.5 cm
  • Rights: Kyoto Women's University, Maezaki Shinya Laboratory
  • Medium: Ceramic, Woodwork, Bamboo

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