Ritual Wash Basin

A work made of black lacquer and zelkova wood (keyaki).
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  • A work made of black lacquer and zelkova wood (keyaki).

Date:

16th century

Artist:

Japan

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 favored for its distinctive flame-patterned grain.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 104

Title

Ritual Wash Basin

Origin

Japan

Date

1501–1600

Medium

Black lacquer and zelkova wood (keyaki)

Dimensions

18.4 × 41 cm (7 1/4 × 16 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Russell Tyson Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1973.639

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