Utensils for making tea, 1712.
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actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Utensils for making tea, 1712.

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Engraving of items used in the Japanese tea ceremony including bowls, a tea caddy, scoop, whisk, kettle, and various boxes in which they are kept during travel. From 'Amoenitatum exoticarum' (often translated as 'Exotic Novelties', published in Germany, 1712), by Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716). Kaempfer was a German who travelled in Persia (Iran), India, Siam (Thailand), Java (Indonesia) and Japan. He assembled a large collection, including natural specimens, costumes, books, calendars, and maps. His botanical drawings were later published by the naturalist Joseph Banks (1743-1820).

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