Granite chôzu’bachi 手水鉢 (water basin)

Price:  450,00

Great, heavy traditional Japanese chôzu’bachi 手水鉢 (water basin) made from a single piece of granite. The granite has a multitude of hues of grey and white, creating a nice natural mottled effect.
This type is known as Tetsubachi 鉄鉢, lit. ‘iron basin’. And have a distinctive globular shape imitating the metal bowl used by mendicant priests. The sides carved with grip handles.

Chôzu’bachi, also known as a water reservoir for the hands, is an ornamental feature frequently encountered in traditional Japanese gardens. Its purpose extends beyond mere decoration, as it serves as a vessel for ritual hand washing and mouth cleansing, and is in such environments called a tsukubai 蹲. Prior to engaging in the tea ceremony or stepping onto sacred grounds like Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, individuals partake in this purifying act. Chôzu’bachi embodies a profound cultural significance, emphasizing the importance of cleanliness and spiritual preparation in Japanese traditions.

Period: Japan – Taishô period (1912-1926).

Approx. dimensions:
Height 26.5 cm, Diameter 54.5 cm.

In a very good original condition. Please have a look at the photos for a clear condition reference.

We will use a wooden pallet and good packing for safe transport.
When shipped we will also add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : C3607


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