Another wonderful tea ceremony item from the late Momoyama / early Edo Period: little distorted gourd (Hyotan) shaped choshi made of little iron bearing, coarse, unrefined Mino clay.
The expertly thrown body had roughly formed spout handle and feet attached. The lower part of the body is covered with the typical green copper oxide glaze and the upper part is decorated with lines under glaze in iron oxide resembling the pattern of a feather.
This is a typical late Momoyama design.
The real authentic choshi was used for sauces during the kaiseki. Kaiseki refers to the simple meal that the host of a chanoyu gathering serves to the guests before a ceremonial tea and is also known as cha-kaiseki.
Authentic and antique Ao-Oribe Choshis are really rare.
No cracks or repairs.
Size: 16,9 cm height (incl. handle) x 18,1 cm in diameter.