About this artwork
Large lacquered footed basins such as this were used in aristocratic households or temples to hold water for personal cleansing during a monthly Buddhist ceremony. Here the interior and exterior walls of the vessel are covered with black lacquer, except for a decorative band of unpainted zelkova wood that encircles the outer body. This type of wood was prized for its distinctive flame-patterned grain.
- Ritual Wash Basin
- Black lacquer and zelkova wood (keyaki)
- 18.4 × 41 cm (7 1/4 × 16 1/8 in.)
- Russell Tyson Purchase Fund