This Kagawa lacquer tea caddy is made using strips of bamboo on which lacquer of various colors are applied. This technique is used to emphasize the striped pattern, and also to provide an easy grip. Kagawa lacquerware has been made on Shikoku Island since the Edo period. This particular piece is modeled after a traditional Koma, (spinning top), design and was made for serving matcha, (powdered) green tea. Dimensions: 2-1/2”dia. x 2-3/4”h.
Kagawa lacquer ware started at the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), by Tamakaji Zokoku, a famous lacquerer, who was born in what is now the city of Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture. With the development of new applications that came into being by combining traditional Japanese techniques with skills such as “kinma” and “zonsei”, brought to Japan from Thailand and China, Kagawa lacquerware rose to Prominence in the 1830s.
Cha-no-yu, (literally hot water for tea) usually refers to either a single ceremony or ritual, while cha-ji or chakai, (literally tea meeting), refers to a full tea ceremony with kaiseki, (a light meal), usucha, (thin tea), and koicha, (thick tea), lasting approximately four hours.
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