Masterpieces of Modern Crafts from the Museum Collection―Special Display: Modern Tea Caddies

Natsume (tea caddy) is one of familiar tea utensils because of its small size that fits in your palm, lightness, and pleasant feel. Tea caddies in various shapes have been produced to satisfy different tastes of many masters of tea ceremony.
On the other hand, some excellent forms have been selected, refined and made into models, such as the Rikyu style, with strict restrictions on sizes and shapes. In spite of the limitations, many modern crafts artists work on natsume as if charmed by the challenge of marrying function with beauty.
This display features natsume produced by modern lacquer artists and wood artists, as well as one hundred masterpieces of modern crafts illustrating the rivalry between function and beauty.


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    Adults 250yen(200yen)
    College students 130yen(60yen)

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    ※Free for high school students, under 18, seniors (65 and over), Campus Members, MOMAT passport holders
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    Mondays (except on holidays, then closed on Tuesday)

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    10:00〜17:00 ※Last entry 30 minutes before closing
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