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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Exhibition Public - USA & Canada

Mizusashi: Japanese Water Jars from the Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz Collection

Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South,
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Dec 23, 2017 To May 13, 2018

Detail: mizusashi is a utensil used in the Japanese tea ceremony, a tradition with medieval origins that is still widely practiced today. In a tea gathering, a host prepares bowls of tea by whisking together powdered green tea and hot water drawn from a kettle. The mizusashi, typically an earthenware or stoneware jar, holds the water used to replenish the kettle and rinse the bowls. The first utensil to enter the room and the last to leave, the mizusashiis a locational and aesthetic anchor for the gathering and can take a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and appearances. This selection of 20th- and 21st-century mizusashi highlights two important trends—the perpetuation of longstanding tea traditions alongside the artistry and technical excellence that define modern Japanese ceramics. This exhibition is complemented by a selection of Japanese tea utensils from the turn of the 17th century, on view in Gallery 224

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