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Pottery Suiteki (Waterdropper) - Blowfish

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Pottery Suiteki (Waterdropper) - Blowfish
Blowfish Suiteki - late Edo to early Meiji. Small, fish-shaped suiteki or water dropper is hand made and rough in design - we think the fish is a blowfish. The suiteki were used to dampen the ink cake used by scholars in preparing the ink for calligraphic work. It appears to be some type of early studio pottery and measures 3" long, 2" high and 1.75" wide. We believe it to be Japanese and that it's an older item because it was purchased as part of a collection of water droppers dating from the 19th - mid-20th century at an estate auction. It is in good condition with a few tiny fleabites on the fins as seen in the photos- these could even have been there since the piece was made given the roughness of it. We would date this from the late Edo to early Meiji period - 1850-1900; however it is possible that it could be as late as early 20th century.

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