Rather unusual vintage set of 12 Japanese bamboo chashaku - tea scoops used for powdered tea during tea ceremony. Each scoop has differently shaped tip, and is inscribed in lacquer with the name of the great tea master who supposedly preferred that shape in their ceremonies. To the best of my knowledge, names of the masters (in random order) are: Rikyu, Shoan, Sotan, Senso, Hukyusai, Rokkansai, Jikuso, Fukensai, Jintokusai, Yumyosai, Tantansai and an unknown. Come in original chazutsu (bamboo case), one old split along its length (see Enlargement 6). Inscription on chazutsu can be translated as “Chashaku in the Style of Successive Generations of the Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony”. Chashaku lengths are about 7.5 inches, container length 9 inches.