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Antique Edo Period Tea Kettle Pine and Plum Motif

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Antique Edo Period Tea Kettle Pine and Plum Motif

Tea kettles are one of the important utensils in Japanese tea. Various terms and phrases are used in association with the kettle. For example, the sound of water boiling is called the sound of wind passing through the pine groves. During the sengoku-momoyama periods, daimyos and tea masters prized important tea kettles and some even fought for the ownership of noted ones.

This tea kettle is assumedly done in the form of a bottle or a bin-guchi kama. The form might be compared to a rikyu maru-tsubo style tea container. The holes for the handles are in the form of sea shells and motifs of pine and plum decorate the body of the kettle. The combination of seashells, pine, and plum might be of Takasago, the famous noh play where the sprites of the pines of Takasago and Sumiyoshi are eternally united.

Condition: Overall the kettle has been kept in wonderful condition. The interior has bits of rust showing from being used. Yet, if the kettle is cleaned with a Japanese kettle brush, the kettle can be used again. Kettle comes with rings to hold remove kettle from the hearth or ro.

Age: Mid to Late Edo Period

Size: Diameter 8" Height 9"

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