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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Yamazaki Mushū (Yamazaki Atsushi) (born 1966)
Early Spring, Hexagonal Tea Caddy with Decoration of Flowering Plants, Grasses and Pine Needles
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Kanshitsu chaki "Sōshun"
Work Type
datable to 2008
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan, Kyoto Metropolitan Area, Kyōto
Heisei period, 1989-2019
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Physical Descriptions

Dry lacquer; dark brown lacquer over fabric core, the decoration on the exterior in "takamakie" high relief gold and brown lacquer, the decoration on the interior and base in "nashiji" gold flakes; the base with signature reading "Mushū" in black lacquer
tea caddy and cover: H. 6.2 x Diam. 8.4 cm (2 7/16 x 3 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: On the base,brush-written in black lacquer: "Mushū" [Chinese characters]
  • inscription: artist's signature, on the base of the tea caddy: brush-written in black lacquer: "Mushū"


Recorded Ownership History
Yamazaki Mushū (artist), Kyoto, Japan; through Erik Thomsen LLC Asian Art, New York; to Harvard Art Museum

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Langdon Warner and H. H. F. Jayne, by exchange
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Of hexagonal form, this dry lacquer tea caddy is made entirely of lacquer applied over a cloth core, the surface imitating the color and texture of an old bronze vessel. The top and sides have minutely executed décor in takamakie high relief gold and brown lacquer representing two flowers and twelve pine needles. The inside and the bottom are decorated with nashiji gold flakes; the bottom bears the artist's signature reading Mushū and written in black lacquer. The tea caddy comes with its original kiri-wood tomobako box which is inscribed on the side: Kanshitsu chaki "Sōshun", or "Dry Lacquer Tea Caddy 'Early Spring'"; the box bears the artist's signature reading Mushū; a square, black intaglio seal reading Mu Shū immediately follows the signature.

Publication History

  • Contemporary Lacquer by Yamazaki Mushû, auct. cat., Erik Thomsen LLC Asian Art (New York, 2009), cat. 1

Exhibition History

  • Re-View: S228-230 (Asian rotation: 7) Art of the Fan: China, Korea, Japan, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/18/2011 - 05/05/2012

Verification Level

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