19th century/Meiji period Japanese Satsuma ceramic tokkuri - sake bottle - with enamel decoration of a sitting actor with a hat in front of him, and another standing actor who, from the look of his wig, is playing a part of a shojo. Shojo are mythical creatures living near the sea, and are particularly fond of sake. Superb quality detailed painting, fantastic depiction of richly decorated robes. Typical Satsuma earthenware body, beautiful finely crackled glaze, tiny golden lacquer repair to the rim of the mouth. Wonderful feel of age to the piece. Height 6 1/2 inches.