A charming Japanese pottery water dropper, suiteki, used by scholars in preparing the sumi ink for calligraphy. This fine piece is shaped in the form of Mt. Fuji - but has the face of Okame peeking out of the side. When looked at from the side, the peak of Fuji-San then resembles a pointed hat on Okame's head. The piece is unglazed with the exception of six small white enamel dots below Okame's face - somewhat like a necklace.
The base of the suiteki is concave and one can see the swirls made by the potter's wheel as he turned and formed the piece. The pottery could be Bizen or Seto ware - it is hard to ID this one. I date it from late Meiji period, circa 1890 - 1915. It is in excellent condition and measures 2 1/4" diameter by 1 1/2" high. A fun addition to any scholar's desk.