This Japanese antique copper kensui for sado is hand tooled with a nami Chidori decoration. A kensui is a slop basin or waste water pot used for the Sado or tea ceremony, a pot in which the used tea and such are placed, It is hand made and hand tooled by a metal craftsman. I used to think it sounded funny when someone said metal was carved, but it is truly so when the medical is cut to form the items before heating and bending and also to carve out the open decorations. This one is decorated with the motif called 'Nami Chidori', or small birds flying over the ocean. In this case, the bird is a plover. It is a lovely and well done decoration.
The original carved would lid is very fine, they do not all come with or still have their lids. This came to us from Japan and is at least 100 years old dating the 19th century Meiji period of 1868-1912. It does not have any damage, but it does not some age related patina when should be allowed to continue to develop and a little bumpiness on the bottom. It could be cleaned and polished but most collectors prefer not to do so. A great Japanese collector's item or to use for those who enjoy tea today or for other reasons.
Size: Diameter 6 inches or 15.2 cm, Height 4.6 inches or 11.8 cm, Weight 800 grams or 1 lb. 9 oz
The Japanese tea ceremony
The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japanese, it is called chanoyu 茶の湯 or sadō, chadō 茶道. The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called otemae お手前; お点前. Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony. Much less commonly, it uses leaf tea, primarily sencha; see sencha tea ceremony, below.
Tea gatherings are classified as chakai 茶会 or chaji 茶事. A chakai is a relatively simple course of hospitality that includes confections, thin tea 薄茶 usucha, and perhaps a light meal. A chaji is a much more formal gathering, usually including a full-course kaiseki meal followed by confections, thick tea 濃茶 koicha, and thin tea. A chaji can last up to four hours.
There is so much to and history about the Japanese Tea Ceremony including items used and special reasons and occasions for the ceremonies. To completely learn about the Sado it is best to search for a good book or website to read if you would like to learn more. There are some saved to our ‘Favorites’ the link to which can be found on our home page.
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