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Chigusa in Context: In and Around Chanoyu in Sixteenth-Century Japan
Friday and Saturday, 7−8 November 2014

101 McCormick Hall
Princeton University
Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art
Sponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology, the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Program in East Asian Studies, with generous funding from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

"Chigusa in Context" will focus on the tea-leaf storage jar named Chigusa and the broader production and appreciation of the arts within which it thrived in the sixteenth century. The jar was made in China sometime in the thirteenth or fourteenth century as a utilitarian container, and only after arriving in Japan was it admired aesthetically, given its name, and employed as a respected storage vessel for tea. This elevation in status took place within chanoyu, the practice of drinking bowls of whisked powdered tea while in a specially designed architectural space equipped with a range of objects selected for the participants’ appreciation. Chanoyu, however, was not pursued in isolation, and Chigusa and its admirers inevitably intersected with other artists and aspects of Japanese culture. "Chigusa in Context" will examine this expansive art world during the century of the jar’s greatest acclaim.

Dunhuang Manuscripts: The Next Twenty Years
Saturday−Monday, 6−8 September 2014

Jones Hall 202 and 101 McCormick Hall
Princeton University
Cosponsored by the Princeton University Buddhist Studies Workshop, the International Liaison Committee for Dunhuang Studies, and the Tang Center for East Asian Art with major funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Organized by Stephen F. Teiser (Princeton University) and Takada Tokio (Kyoto University)