Tea Utensils Under Wraps

June 21, 2003 – January 4, 2004

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Gallery 6A Floor Plan

On view are some significant and decorative solutions to storing and protecting tea ceremony vessels that are treasured as works of art. The variety and quality of the packaging materials -- bags, boxes, and textiles -- reflect the status of the utensils within and the personal tastes of their owners. Objects on view include a cryptomeria-wood incense container, a Seto tea caddy, a black Seto tea bowl, a bamboo tea scoop, and a black lacquer tea container.