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Japanese Burl Wood Tray for Tea Ceremonies


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Collection No. TB-2624
Size 49cm x 51cm
Japanese Burl Wood Tray for Tea Ceremonies
Japanese Burl Wood Tray for Tea Ceremonies
Japanese Burl Wood Tray for Tea Ceremonies
Japanese Burl Wood Tray for Tea Ceremonies
Japanese Burl Wood Tray for Tea Ceremonies
Japanese Burl Wood Tray for Tea Ceremonies

This beautiful object is a burl wood tray from Japan.  Its beautiful natural form with curl edge that looks like a wave and the inside is painted with red lacquer to great effect. It was likely made in the late 19th Century to early 20th Century.

This artwork has been in my home for many years and it still delights the eye to see it each day as if seeing it for the first time, No matter what side you look at there is always something new in the form.

The Japanese aesthetic of using natural forms in wood with minimal additions by the artist are some of the most beautiful objects in my collection.

This is a natural wood tray the form can be called Wabi-Sabi form and it may have been used in tea ceremonies.

In Zen philosophy there are seven aesthetic principles for achieving Wabi-Sabi as listed below;

Fukinsei (不均斉): asymmetry, irregularity;

Kanso (簡素): simplicity;

Koko (考古): basic, weathered;

Shizen (自然): without pretence, natural;

Yugen (幽玄): subtly profound grace, not obvious;

Datsuzoku (脱俗): unbounded by convention, free;

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Japanese Art & Objects & Asian Art & objects. Please look at my collection of Japanese Inro & Smoking Pouches & other Japanese art objects on my website.

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