Aug 20, 2020
Aug 20, 2020

Water Container with Birds and Flowers (lid)

Water Container with Birds and Flowers (lid)


late 1600s

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Porcelain with overglaze color enamel (Arita ware)

Height with lid: 13.3 x 7.8 cm (5 1/4 x 3 1/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.250.b



The shape of this small vessel suggests it may be a fresh-water container included among the tools used in Japan for preparing steeped tea, introduced to Japan by Chan (Zen) monks from southern China in the mid-1600s.

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