Apr 18, 2012

Tea Caddy with Stamped Floral Decoration

Tea Caddy with Stamped Floral Decoration

분청사기 인화문 사발 (粉靑沙器印花文鉢)

1600s

Glazed stoneware with stamped and incised inlaid white slip decoration

Overall: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust by exchange 1962.498

Location

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This tea caddy may have been produced in one of the kilns established and operated by the trading office (Waegwan) in Buan, southern Gyeongsang province, as an export item for Japanese tea ware collectors.

Description

This small jar may have been used as a container for powdered tea among Japanese tea drinkers. Possibly produced in one of the kilns established by the trading office (Waegwan) in Buan, southern Gyeongsang province, it was sold to Japanese tea bowl collectors. According to a historical record dated to 1641, a trading boat shipped more than 14,000 tea bowls to Japan.

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