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A Pair of Okinawan Tsuboya Daichibin Hip Flasks

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A Pair of Okinawan Tsuboya Daichibin Hip Flasks
This is a handsome pair of Okinawan (Ryukyu) Daichibin Shisa sake jug. The Daichibin is an Okinawa hip flask carried by a leather cord that loops through the two lugs at the top of the jug. They were first introduced in the 12th Century from China and designed to carry water. The original Dachibin were used by farmers to carry water or Awamori (saki) in the rice fields as the curved shape fits perfectly around the waist. Thus the sake could be taken anywhere. In later years these were used to carry sake or awamori to island festivals. They are both decorated in a harmonious pallet with abstract floral designs on a tan crackle finish base glaze.

The two flasks measure 4 3/4" high by 6 1/4" wide by 3" deep measuring across the semi-circular form. We date them the the early to mid 20th century, circa 1920s - 1960s. They are both in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restorations or any issues. They make a fine collection from a largely unknown grouping of Japanese ceramics and would grace any collection of Japanese pottery. Or - you could just strap one on filled with sake the next time you go hiking - you would be the envy of the group.

Okinawa Island is the home of Tsuboya-yaki, pottery in the Ryūkyūan tradition. Just off the city center of Naha is the market area is the neighborhood of Tsuboya (壺屋?, "pot/jar shop"), which was once a major center of ceramic production. Jo-yachi is a kind of Tsuboya ware that is glazed and baked at approximately 1200 degrees. Jo-yachi ware includes crockery for daily use, such as bowls, pots, plates, and teapots, as well as awamori containers, such as dachi-bin (hip flask) and karakara (awamori flagon), and vases.

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