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Kyoto 1908, Shu Chiku Do. Brown stitched wrappers, 4 volume. set, complete, double-page leaves: 29+27+27+31, 39 double. page illustrations, each sealed by the artist's chop in cin-. nabar, bound Chinese style, 11.5 x 19.5 cm., a bright copy.. A MOST OBSCURE ILLUSTRATED RESOURCE ON CH'AN TEAISM A most lovely Japanese reprint of what is clearly a Chinese text. The work is bound with silk thread, in the typical do- uble hole-stitching technique found only in Chinese books, corners protected with blue silk cloth. A most lovely work ! An anthology of writings and paintings by members of the As- sociation. This charming set covers the aesthetics & methods of how to establish the exterior and interior of a proper tea-room [Cha-shitus]. Great attention is devoted to the in- terior and its design, the kind of alcove [Tokunoma], the objects to be displayed include ancient Chinese bronze and ceramic vessels, the selection and admiration of hanging sc- rolls, tea pot, warmer and cups, flower-arrangements, furni- ture, incense & incense burners, delicacies to eat, exterior views of the tea-room. Volume one begins with the location of The Tea Association of the Eastern Mountains nestled in the vicinity of a Buddhist monastery and an offering to the Gods upon establishment of the new tea-room, interior views. Volume two: interior views, garden tea-ceremony, scroll ap- preciation and viewing. Volume 3: interior views, how to ar- range the tea-room, vistas to the tea garden, vertical and horizontol scroll viewing & arrangement. Volume 4: overview of the Buddhist temple and monastery area, ancient bronze vessels, interiors: Tokunoma decoration, tea garden view, interior using scholar's rocks, sculpture, tea flower arran- gements, garden entrance, outdoor tea-party. An exceptional- ly obscure & delightful resource. Ch'an or Chinese Zen Bud- dhism is the discipline that started the tea-ceremony in ancient China. The Japanese during their period of borrowing from the Asian mainland saw the importation of a multitude of Chinese & Korean arts. Buddhism was the main vehicle that brought in an uncountable amount of religious, cultural and artistic traditions. The tea-ceremony was imported in conju- nction with its austere aesthetics, tea-room architecture, ceramics, appreciation and worship of ancient objects, art art works, paintings, gardens and scholar's items. Charming illustrations grace these pages, each done by a member of the association, along with his calligraphy, signature and red cinnabar chops [seals], most also have put their age. The majority were in their seventies or even older. A fine reference for any serious student of tea, tea-ceremony and scholar's items. A truly wonderful and obscure illustrated work. Very few surviving Chinese tea-ceremony books remain from earlier periods. Conained in a new indigo-blue Chitsu folding box, with clasps. Color scans can be sent by email. Images displayed may not always be the exact photo of the copy in stock for sale at any given time. If you want to see the exact image of the book or edition in stock today, please request this by email. . Photos of most of our books are posted to our .
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