Tea in the Floating World

December 7, 2002 – May 26, 2003

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

Gallery 6A Floor Plan

This small exhibition of tea ceremony paraphernalia looks at the less familiar side of tea-drinking customs during the Edo period (1615-1868) by describing the ceremony's role in the luxurious reception rooms of high-class houses of assignation in the officially sanctioned pleasure quarters as well as in the green rooms or behind-the-scenes lounges of Kabuki theaters. The exhibition complements 2 installations of ukiyo-e paintings and prints in both the Freer and Sackler Galleries.