Manji. [1658; this copy was made in the late Edo period, 1780-1850]. Approximately 10 1/4 x 232 1/4 inches. Mounted on light Japanese backing paper, with new fabric end, ribbon, and jiku in the style of the period. Occasional worm holes throughout and repaired (a few of which affect image). In very good condition. In a Japanese box. Item #WRCAM55398
A lovely manuscript, colorfully painted and illustrating twenty-one different layouts for the tea ceremony. This particular scroll explains how tea rooms should be decorated when welcoming guests, including what to display on shelves and how specific items should be placed for the tea ceremony. The original text was written in 1658; this particular copy was made by Watabe Yagozaemon during the late Edo period, circa 1780-1850.
The Ogasawara School taught etiquette to samurai families and originated in the Muromachi era (1392-1573). Although its original focus was on archery and equestrianism, by the Edo period (1603-1868), it had expanded to include other elements of Japanese life and etiquette, such as the tea ceremony, and was being taught more broadly in society.
The current scroll is richly painted in various greens, dark yellow, pinks, blues, browns, reds, white, oranges, and black. Depicted are tea bowls; the equipment needed to prepare and serve tea; the tables used; side dishes filled with food; screens; rice and various boxes; the art work and shelves in the room; bonsai arrangements; incense and incense holders; sake containers; trays; vases and flowers; a mirror; a candle; and scrolls, brushes, ink stones, and brush washers. The scroll is especially interesting, and representative of the Ogasawara School, as it includes the bows, arrows, swords, and samurai armor in the decoration of the tea room.