Scroll (260 x 2160 mm.), with six fine illustrations pasted on, decorative endpaper at beginning. [Japan: late Edo].
A very attractive scroll on the tea ceremony building and its surroundings, illustrated with six fine scenes in brush and colors from different directions and perspectives. We have not encountered anything like this before. Our scroll offers six perspectives of the tea ceremony building, its surrounding highly designed gardens, and other features.
The six scenes are as follows:
1. The first scene, looking to the east from the tea ceremony room, shows the koshikake machiai (waiting room with a bench for seating) in the distance, with a traditional fence extending to the left. We see the roji (the garden path leading to the tea hut) and fumi-ishi (stepping stones), adjacent trees, and mossy grounds. As we near the tea hut, there is a tsukubai (the low wash basin where the guests must wash their hands and rinse their mouths). Above the tsukubai is a stone toro (lantern). All the trees, including pines, have been selected and planted with meaning.
2. Our next scene looks west from the waiting room towards the tea hut with its nijiriguchi (the small entrance). We see a lovely depiction of the grounds and the tea ceremony building, which is shown with considerable architectural detail.
3. The third view is from the east and is slightly elevated. We are outside of the property, looking over the wall, with its gates, onto the entire grounds, including the machiai and the tea ceremony building. This elevated views offers an excellent sense of perspective of the tea ceremony property’s layout.
4. The fourth scene, from the west, offers a very different view, showing the back of the tea ceremony building and looking towards the machiai with its bench.
5. This prospect is towards the north and is slightly elevated. It offers a very revealing view of the structure of the machiai, its bench, and simple roof. This image offers a much closer and detailed look at the stone pathway, the lantern, the washing basin, and the carefully considered landscape architecture.
6. Now we are looking south, with another important view of the tea ceremony building, showing other features including the back entrance and the exterior of the machiai with another seating area.
Item ID: 8122