Around Chigusa: Tea and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan by Dora ChingAround Chigusa: Tea and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan by Dora Ching

Around Chigusa: Tea and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan

EditorDora Ching, Louise Cort, Andrew Watsky

Hardcover | September 26, 2017

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An in-depth look at the dynamic cultural world of tea in Japan during its formative period

Around Chigusa investigates the cultural and artistic milieu in which a humble jar of Chinese origin dating to the thirteenth or fourteenth century became Chigusa, a revered, named object in the practice of formalized tea presentation (chanoyu) in sixteenth-century Japan. This tea-leaf storage jar lies at the nexus of interlocking personal networks, cultural values, and aesthetic idioms in the practice and appreciation of tea, poetry, painting, calligraphy, and Noh theater during this formative period of tea culture. The book's essays set tea in dialogue with other cultural practices, revealing larger cultural paradigms that informed the production, circulation, and reception of the artifacts used and displayed in tea. Key themes include the centrality of tea to the social life of and interaction among warriors, merchants, and the courtly elite; the multifaceted relationship between things wa (Japanese) and kan (Chinese) and between tea and poetry; the rise of new formats for display of the visual and calligraphic arts; and collecting and display as an expression of political power.

Dora C. Y. Ching is associate director of the P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University. She is the coeditor of numerous books, including The Family Model in Chinese Art and Culture(Princeton). Louise Allison Cort is curator for ceramics at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler G...
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Title:Around Chigusa: Tea and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century JapanFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:September 26, 2017Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691177554

ISBN - 13:9780691177557

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Acknowledgments 9

Contributors 11

Chronologies 12

Maps 14

Introduction 17

Tea Objects in China and Japan: Chigusa and Kujie jun 23

The Changing Value of "Things": From Gusoku to DÅgu 39

Chinese Ceramics and Warrior Sociability in Sixteenth-Century Japan 53

Changing Hands: Teika, Poetry, and Calligraphy in Sixteenth-Century Japan 71

Sixteenth-Century Performance, Onstage and Off 91

Eitoku's Doves 107

Reformatting the Context of a Rikyū Letter 135

Chigusa's Mouth Cover and the Maeda Clan 157

Purple Displaces Crimson: The Wakan Dialectic as Polemic 181

The Art of Tea and the Aesthetic Ideals of the Ming Literati 211

Bibliography 233

Index 259

Image Credits 283