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Saturday University: The Power and Pleasure of Tea Bowls

Sat Nov 12 2016

Asian Art Museum

Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium

9:30 AM – 11 AM

SATURDAY UNIVERSITY LECTURE SERIES
TEA TIMES: CULTURES, COMMERCE, AND CONFLICT

The history of tea is steeped in philosophy, literature, art, and world trade. Take an in-depth look at wild plants, distinct pleasures, and imperial exploitation as eight scholars present a few remarkable moments from the long story of tea.

The Power and Pleasure of Tea Bowls in Japan
From samurai to a modern icon of Japanese culture
Morgan Pitelka, University of North Carolina

From its use as a meditation aid in medieval Zen monasteries to its deployment as a warlord’s reward to his vassals for success in battle, the tea bowl has played a prominent role in Japanese history and culture. This talk will review the history of the tea bowl in East Asia, the varied meanings and uses of tea bowls in premodern Japan, and the modern growth of the tea bowl into an internationally recognized icon of Japanese culture.

OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES

OCT 1

The Origins and Spread of Tea-drinking in China and the World

OCT 8

Buddhism and the Invention of Tea Culture in Medieval China

OCT 15

Engaging the Object: The Art of Tea in Sixteenth Century Japan

OCT 22

Tea Horse Road: China’s Ancient Trade Route to Tibet

OCT 29

No Lecture

NOV 5

Consuming Empires, Consuming Desires: Images of Tea Times and Tea Labors

NOV 12

The Power and Pleasure of Tea Bowls in Japan

NOV 19

Tea Revives the World: Advertising a Global Commodity during the Great Depression

NOV 26

No Lecture

DEC 3

Can a Plantation Be Fair? Paradoxes and Promises of Fair Trade in Darjeeling, India

Saturday University is presented in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and the Elliott Bay Book Company.

Series tickets are no longer available.
Individual lecture tickets at the door as available: $10, SAM members $5
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts or your seat may be released.

Image: Karatsu ware tea bowl, early 17th century, Japanese, Stoneware with rice straw glaze and ash glaze, 3 in. (7.62 cm), Diam.: 4 7/8 in., Gift of Gladys and Sam Rubinstein, 91.110.