Tang Center Symposium

Chigusa in Context: In and Around Chanoyu in Sixteenth-Century Japan


7 –8 November 2014
101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University

Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art
Cosponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology, the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Program in East Asian Studies at Princeton University, with generous funding from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation


symposium Program

"Chigusa in Context" will focus on the tea-leaf storage jar named Chigusa and the broader production and appreciation of the arts within which it thrived in the sixteenth century. The jar was made in China sometime in the thirteenth or fourteenth century as a utilitarian container, and only after arriving in Japan was it admired aesthetically, given its name, and employed as a respected storage vessel for tea. This elevation in status took place within chanoyu, the practice of drinking bowls of whisked powdered tea while in a specially designed architectural space equipped with a range of objects selected for the participants' appreciation. Chanoyu, however, was not pursued in isolation, and Chigusa and its admirers inevitably intersected with other artists and aspects of Japanese culture. "Chigusa in Context" will examine this expansive art world during the century of the jar's greatest acclaim.


symposium schedule

Friday, 7 November 2014
101 McCormick Hall

Keynote Lecture

4:30 pm

The Art of Tea in Sixteenth-Century Japan

Takeuchi Jun'ichi

Director, Eisei-Bunko Museum, Tokyo  




Saturday, 8 November 2014
101 McCormick Hall


Registration and Coffee, 8:30–9:30 am


Morning Session 9:30 am–1:00 pm


Andrew Watsky, Princeton University 


Ceramics and Warrior Sociability in Sixteenth-Century Japan

Morgan Pitelka, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Show and Tell: Reformatting the Context of a Rikyū Letter

Andrew Hare, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


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

Tomoko Sakomura, Swarthmore College


Professionals and Amateurs on the Sixteenth-Century Stage

Thomas Hare, Princeton University


Drinking from the Dragon's Well: The Art of Tea and the Aesthetic Ideals of the Ming Literati

Steven D. Owyoung, Indepe ndent Scholar




Afternoon Session 2:30–5:30 pm


Louise Cort, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


From Gusoku to Dōgu: The Changing Value of Things

Oka Yoshiko, Otemae University


Dressing Chigusa: Meibutsu Textiles for a Meibutsu Jar

Melissa Rinne, Kyoto National Museum


Eitoku's Doves

Matthew McKelway, Columbia University


The Wa-kan Dialectic circa 1560: Painting, Poetry, and Tea

Melissa McCormick, Harvard University




Concluding Remarks

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