Japanese stunning cast iron Choshi (Sake kettle) from the Edo Period around 1750.
It is designed with a great relief, showing an Ebisu. Ebisu, also transliterated Yebisu or called Hiruko or Kotoshiro-nushi-no-kami, is the Japanese god of fishermen, luck, and workingmen, as well as the guardian of the health of small children. He is one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, and the only one of the seven to originate purely from Japan without any Hindu or Chinese influence.
The lid is as much stunning as rare, because it is made of wood and golden laquer. The handle is made of copper.
This choshi is in great condition with no repairs and no water leak.
A similar one (only with a different lid) is exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London ( please click
Iron kettles of this type, with their distinctive flattened spout, were used during the cold winter months for heating sake.
A real proof of Japanese history and culture.
Size: 6,4'' height, 7,2'' width.