The Art of Tea

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The Art of Tea
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Exploring the long and complicated history of tea leaves that trails back to Southeast Asia.

Some legends say that Buddha discovered the tea plant's virtues when a leaf fell into his glass of water; others believe it was discovered by a Zen monk. The new tea-based exhibit "The Art of Tea" found solace in the Tikotin Museum of Japanese art, a fitting home for the Chinese medicinal product whose seedlings were brought over to Japan in 1191. On display: ceramic tea bowls, specifically raku, ink paintings of varying styles, and all that encompasses the aesthetics of tea in its traditional form.

By: Jennifer Greenberg


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