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This unique tea kettle for chanoyu (literally, "hot water for tea," referring to the Japanese tea ceremony) was originally cast as an incense burner. Decorated with a band of triple-comma tomoe around the rim and linked beads encircling its body, the bottom was replaced and triangular handles cut with a circle and oval were attached to this piece. The raised inscriptions, respectively on the front and back of the exterior, reveal the origins of this kettle: "Incense Burner of Jomyo-ji Temple in the Ise Yamada Region" "[Casted by] the craftsman Yukinobu of Ashiya in the eighth month of Eisho 3 (1506)." This Ashiya metalwork, in which both the maker and date are known, is an extremely rare and invaluable source.
Tea Ceremony Kettle Made
from Incense Burner, Old Ashiya Ware
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Important Art Object

Japan, dated 1506 H. 17.0cm, D. 27.2cm

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