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Antique Japanese Meiji Period C.1880 Sembei Jar

Antique Japanese Meiji Period C.1880 Sembei Jar

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Earthenware: Pre 1900: Item # 1233317

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Shigaraki Sembei tsubo (sembei jar) which became popular in late 16th century for serving sembei rice crackers at a tea ceremony. They are shaped like a Katatsuki tea caddie with squared shoulders and a barrel-shaped torso cantilevered over distinctive tapered foot. This lovely c.1880 jar has trails of applied iron-ash glaze and kanji inscribed which we can`t read yet. Jars of this sort are in collections at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Later Sembei Jars were sent to Uji, the tea leaf growing area in S. Kyoto to be filled with tea and uncapped at special ceremonies in winter. H: 13" x W:6 1/2". Excellent condition. Ask for shiping quote.