This beautiful tea caddy is made of ebony and framed with bronze. The beautifully shaped body of the tea caddy which has a slight curve from top to bottom. The lid, which is beautiful shaped is also made of solid ebony and has a small natural coral pull. The interior of the caddy is copper lined. Condition: Excellent interior and very good exterior with a shallow hairline scratch on one panel that does not detract from the beauty or function of the piece. It comes in its original beautifully fashioned kiri wood, (tomobako), storage box that has an old paper identifier on the top. Dimensions: 2-0”w x 2-0”d x 2-5/8”h
According to the records, tea was first introduced to Japan from China in the early ninth century by Japanese Buddhist monks. When the Japanese court in the mid-ninth century sent the last of the missions to China that were the means for its extensive cultural borrowing from the continent, tea drinking seems essentially to have died out in Japan. After a lapse of some three hundred years, however, tea was reintroduced from China in the late twelfth century by a priest of the Zen sect of Buddhism, and over the next few centuries tea-drinking spread among all classes of Japanese society. Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu), which was created in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in the midst of Japan’s samurai-dominated medieval age, (1185-1568).
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection