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Antique Japanese Katakuchi Lipped Sake Bowl Ewer

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Antique Japanese Katakuchi Lipped Sake Bowl Ewer
A beautiful Katakuchi or lipped sake bowl of lacquered wood construction dating to the late Meiji period (1868-1912). Katakuchi were used to transfer sake from the barrel to tokkuri at weddings or at Shinto ceremonies on festival days where sake was distributed to many people. The most noticeable feature of Katakuchi is their generous spout which is carved from a separate piece of wood and joined onto the bowl section. Construction is of semi-hardwood with a beautiful red lacquer coating. Katakuchi are found in every collection of Japanese Mingei or folk craft in major museums. They are also used in ikebana or flower arranging (see photo) as a reminder of times past. There is a Japanese kanji mark on the base. Overall condition is very good with no chips to the lacquer and slight hairlines due to wood shrinkage. Dimensions: 15" at widest point x 10" x 7.5" high. Would make an excellent addition to any collection of Japanese Mingei objects.

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