Mizuno Toshikata Panel No. 1 A Tea Ceremony Periwinkle, 1896-1897, 9.5x14in., 1st Edition Original Woodblock Prints
This is a original 1st Edition print in a series of 16 panels. The original set consists of sixteen prints covering an entire day's tea gathering, from early morning preparations and the arrival of three guests, through the guests' departure in the early evening.
Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908) was born on March 6, 1866 in Tokyo. When he was 13 years old, his father sent him to the printmaking school. He was also apprenticed to a ceramic painter.
Panel 1-Content page
Panel 2-Utensils for Tea Ceremony
Panel 3-Tea Ceremony-Cleaning Utencils
Panel 4- Calling for guests to come and sit in the tea room
Panel 5-Entering the Tea Room, A guest at a tea gathering leaves her shoes outside the entrance, while another guest washes her hands. (Also Located in British Museum)
Panel 6- Hostess greeting her guests at the Tea Ceremony
Panel 7-Preparing the meal in the kitchen (Also Located in British Museum)
Panel 8-Replenish the fire with charcoal
Panel 9-The host hands a lacquered tray containing a bowl of food to each guest
Panel 10-Chatting in a small garden shelter near the tea house
Panel 11-The Flower Arrangement
Panel 12-Invitation to the Latter Part of the Tea Gathering, A guest washing her hands a second time before commencing the final part of the tea gathering. Balcony in snow. (Also Located in British Museum)
Panel 13-Hanging a bamboo blind
Panel 14-the thick tea ceremony of the most principle and formal style.
Panel 15- Making Usu-cha-a weak infusion of powdered tea
Panel 16- Guest Leaving
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