A mizusashi is a vessel used in the Japanese tea ceremony. It holds the water used to replenish the kettle and rinse the tea bowls during the gathering. The first utensil to enter the room and the last to leave, the mizusashi is the visual anchor of the tearoom, setting the aesthetic tone of the entire ceremony. This collection of water jars illustrates a striking range of approaches, both modern and traditional, that Japanese artists have employed when creating mizusashi over the last 90 years.
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