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Hot Water Pot

A work made of lacquer on wood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lacquer on wood.


16th century



About this artwork

This pot has a very complex shape compared to the other examples displayed in this case. It has a cuspate handle, lobed lid, and high, tripartite foot, features that can be traced back to Chinese models. It is finished with a coating of red lacquer, over a layer of black underneath. Likely employed in Zen temples for the hot water used for making tea, it is an object of extreme elegance.


On View, Gallery 104


Arts of Asia


Hot Water Pot


Japan (Artist's nationality)

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Lacquer on wood


39 × 33.5 cm (15 3/8 × 13 1/4 in.)

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Robert Allerton Purchase Fund

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