Steeped in History: The Art of Tea

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Steeped in History: The Art of Tea

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After water, tea is the most frequently consumed beverage on the face of the earth. In ancient China tea was regarded as one of the seven daily necessities of life; for many Japanese it has served as a ritual element in the quest for enlightenment. In England afternoon tea holds an immutable place in the popular imagination, while in the United States it is often associated with the American Revolution.

While various teas have been prepared in an assortment of ways and have played parts in countless culinary practices, it is also important to note that tea is and nearly always been a highly important commodity. As such, it has played a variety of striking and often paradoxical roles on the world stage--an ancient health remedy, an element of cultural practice, a source of profound spiritual insights, but also a catalyst for brutal international conflict, drug trafficking, crushing taxes, and horrific labor conditions.

In the course of Steeped in History, editor Beatrice Hohenegger and eleven distinguished historians and art historians trace the impact of tea from its discovery in ancient China to the present-day tea plantations of Assam, crossing oceans and continents in the process. In so doing, they examine the multitude of ways in which tea has figured in the visual and literary arts. These include not only the myriad vessels fashioned for the preparation, presentation, and consumption of tea but also tea-related scenes embellishing ceramics and textiles and forming the subject of paintings, drawings, caricature, songs, and poetry.

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After water, tea is the most frequently consumed beverage on the face of the earth. Eleven distinguished historians and over 300 colorful illustrations trace the impact of tea from its discovery in ancient China to the present-day tea plantations of Assam, and reveal the multitude of ways tea has figured in the visual and literary arts. From a ritual element in the quest to enlightenment in Japan and afternoon tea in England to a catalyst for brutal international conflict and horrific labor conditions, it has played a variety of striking and often paradoxical roles on the world stage.

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Beatrice Hohenegger is the author of Liquid Jade: the Story of Tea from East to West. Contributors include: Terese Tse Bartholomew, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; Barbara G. Carson, College of William and Mary; Patricia J. Graham, University of Kansas Center for East Asian Studies; Dennis Hirota, Ryukoku University, Kyoto; Elizabeth Kolsky, Villanova University; Jane T. Merritt, Old Dominion University; Steven D. Owyoung, St. Louis Art Museum; Woodruff D. Smith, University of Massachusetts; Reiko Tanimura, author of The Study of Ii Naosuke: Tea and Cultivation of the Warrior in the Late Tokugawa Period; Angus Trumble, Yale Center for British Art; John E. Wills Jr., University of Southern California.

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