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Art of Japanese Tea Ceremony

Ceremonial Teahouse: Sunkaraku (Evanescent Joys), c. 1917, designed by Ōgi Rodō

Art of Tea Ceremony, called Chadō in Japanese, was primarily influenced by Zen Buddhism and the ceremonial presentation of making tea, which became an important cultural activity. The tea utensils used for preparing and serving tea, as well as decorative materials such as paintings and vases for the tea house, were crucial elements of the ceremony. Learn more about the significance of the objects in this collection for this sacred ceremony.