November 7–8, 2014
Chigusa in Context

In and Around Chanoyu in Sixteenth-Century Japan

4 30 pm
101 McCormick Hall
9 30 am
5 30 pm
101 McCormick Hall
Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art; sponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology, the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Program in East Asian Studies, with generous funding from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

“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 Program

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

Chair: 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

Independent Scholar


Afternoon Session

2:30–5:30 pm

Chair: 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