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Loan Object

Tea Scoop (Chashaku) Named Field of Kasuga (Kasugano)

14th century

Staghorn

6 11/16 in. (17 cm)
Collection of Peggy and Richard M. Danziger, LL.B. 1963
ILE2009.10.9
This unusual staghorn scoop was used in rustic wabi-style tea practices, the traditions of which involve granting names to favorite utensils. The name of this scoop, Field of Kasuga (Kasugano), connects the material to the sacred deer at Kasuga Shrine, in Nara. The accompanying box lid bears a later inscription by the famous twentieth-century industrialist Hosomi Kokōan, which states that the piece was made for use as a medicine spoon in the fourteenth century, during the late Kamakura period. Many centuries later, it was discovered by the Osaka industrialist and tea connoisseur Kawase Mukyūtei, who moved to Nara in 1943 and collected objects from temples and shrines to use for tea.
Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Kamakura Period (1185–1333)
Classification: 
Tools and Equipment
Provenance: 

Gift from Hosomi, Osaka, 1985. Ex-collection Kawase Mukyûtei, Nara.

Lid reverse inscribed with explanation by Hosomi Kkoan that this piece was made for use as a medicine spoon during the late Kamakura period, at the time of the Yoshino court, and was "discovered" by the Osaka industrialist and tea man Kawase Mukyûtei (1888-1970), who moved to Nara in 1943 and collected objects from temples and shrines in order to use them for tea. Tsutsu inscribed "Shime (sealed) ... Kasugano ... Kokoan [kao], 71 (Hosomi Kokoan, aged 71)."

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