Condition: Excellent

Sterling Silver Japanese Tea Caddy | Natsume | Signed and Impressed Seal | Early 20th Century

Highly detailed and chased silver, (950), tea caddy. It is beautifully crafted in a mold to create the evenly ridged pattern and highly glossy finish. The silver is decorated with small abstract imprints around concentric circles giving an elegant finish. Condition Excellent with tightly fitting lid. Dimensions: 3-3/4” dia x 2-0”h

Additional Information—

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). It is green powdered tea, which is scooped into a rather large bowl and whipped into a frothy, bitter-tasting drink with hot water poured from a kettle.

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